According to ESPN's Keith Law, David Ortiz was the biggest free agent acquisition of the decade, and arguing otherwise would be futile and ignorant.
However, Law also contends that the biggest trade of the decade occurred on Feb. 5, 2008 when Baltimore sent ace Eric Bedard to Seattle for outfielder Adam Jones, lefties George Sherrill and Tony Butler, and righties Chris Tillman and Kam Mickolio.
Clearly the Orioles virtually swindled the Mariners in this deal.
Bedard spent the lion's share of 2008 and 2009 on the Mariners' disabled list and finished his Seattle stint with a paltry 11-7 record over 164 well-intentioned innings. Bedard was solid, but fragile as a Faberge egg.
Back in Charm City, Adam Jones has done nothing less than make the 2009 All-Star team, drive in that game's winning run, and win a Gold Glove.
A 2008 All-Star selection, George Sherrill notched 51 saves for the Birds in 2008 and the first half of 2009 before being dealt to the Dodgers for infielder Josh Bell and righty Steve Johnson.
Among the prospects, Tillman and Mickolio demonstrate excellent potential, the first as a starter and the second as a top-of-the-line reliever.
Acknowledging the hindsight genius of this trade for the Baltimore front office, is it really the biggest of the decade?
I'm not so sure, but let's take a look at a few others and let you decide.