In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have excelled at development top-tier talent within the organization. Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon just to name a few.
The club has also made some great moves on the free-agent and trade markets, adding players like Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.
But there have been some terrible decisions as well. John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bobby Jenks come to mind.
And when it comes to making deals at the trade deadline, the Sox haven't always been big winners.
Recently, Tyler Murray of WEEI's Full Count decided to rank the club's deadline decisions made during the tenure of GM Theo Epstein. It was a clever idea, a good read and an eye-opening review of some dubious transactions.
But instead of a rank-ordered list, it might be more effective to grade each year's deadline outcome. It's not how they relate to each other that matter but what they did for the team.
Using WEEI's list as a starting point, here's how Boston has fared at recent trade deadlines.