Over the past few weeks, few team were linked to more players than were the Red Sox. It seemed that at one point or another, every player on the trading block was mentioned in the same breath as Boston.
Even guys who weren't obviously available were discussed. Everyone from Hanley Ramirez in Miami to Josh WIllingham in Oakland was on Theo Epstein's radar.
In the end, the club made only a couple of moves, though one was a pretty big deal. The Sox met both of their goals, adding bench depth and an arm designed to help the back of the rotation. Epstein had said that he wanted to add a bat due to the "prohibitive" cost of elite starting pitching, and did so by bringing Kansas City's Mike Aviles on board
But that prohibitive cost didn't stop him from also making a last minute swap for Seattle's Erik Bedard and Josh Fields.
Those two trades were the ones that happened. But plenty of other high-profile arrangements failed. Despite some missteps and the failure to add any truly big names, the Boston braintrust had a reasonably good deadline. Perhaps a B or a B-.
Now it's time to assign grades to everything that did or didn't happen for the Red Sox.