10 Blockbuster Deals Red Sox GM Should Be Proposing

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10 Blockbuster Deals Red Sox GM Should Be Proposing
Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press
The last blockbuster deal Boston pulled off led to a World Series the next year. Can the Red Sox do it again?

On August 25, 2012, the Boston Red Sox stunned the baseball world by shipping out players Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a massive salary-clearing move that rebooted the Red Sox franchise and led to a World Series the next season.

The deal continues to bear fruit for the Red Sox, even as three of the five players sent back to Boston are no longer with the team. It was all about the two pitching prospects Los Angeles sent: Rubby de la Rosa and Allen Webster. De La Rosa is now a member of the Red Sox rotation and has a 2.89 ERA in six starts, while Webster has a 3.05 ERA in 20 games for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

What blockbuster deals could GM Ben Cherington pursue to put another World Series ring on his finger?

At 43-52 entering the All-Star break, Cherington is in an interesting position. He could go for it in a wide-open AL East race. While the club is 9.5 games out of first place, the team has started to play better recently with more energy and having won four of the last five games.

Or Boston could throw in the towel and focus all its energies on the future, dealing away would-be free agents in an attempt to put the Red Sox on strong footing to contend in 2015 and beyond.

With quality veterans and a farm system teeming with prospects, the chips are there for the Red Sox to make some blockbuster trades. Let's look at some possibilities.


Note: These proposals are more concerned with the logic from the Red Sox's side and what the acquisition cost would be in the trades and less so with the logic from the opposing team's side in trading suggested players. We're discussing what deals the Red Sox GM should be proposing, not what necessarily gets executed.

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