How All Of The Red Sox Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree – Updated For Cespedes + Craig + Johnson Deals

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago.  The 38 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, the organization has given him some reinforcements.

David Ortiz is incredible based on the consistent numbers he has put forth since everyone thought his career was winding down several years ago. The 38 Year Old DH continues to bash homers, win games, and now with a flurry of trades, the organization has given him some reinforcements in the 1 -9 lineup for a few years.

How All Of The Red Sox Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Boston Red Sox are smart enough to realize a retool was in order.

To kickstart the festivities, the club made a pair of moves that includes Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to Oakland for Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes, followed by dealing Jon Lackey to the Cardinals for 1B/OF Allen Craig and SP Joe Kelly.

These deals have helped the Red Sox be better balanced on offense, and has freed up roster spots for their young prospects to thrive. 

Yoenis Cespedes will be the best pure slugger to hit behind David Ortiz since Manny Ramirez.  At just $10.5 MIL for salary next year, it solves a problem for the club adding offense in the offseason with a longterm deal.

Yoenis Cespedes will be the best pure slugger to hit behind David Ortiz since Manny Ramirez. At just $10.5 MIL for salary next year, it solves a problem for the club adding offense in the offseason with a longterm deal.  Cespedes has great raw power, and the 28 year old should really thrive playing in the confines of Fenway Park 81 times a year.


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.


The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree

Yoenis Cespedes (28) OF:    July 31, 2014:  Traded By Oakland to Boston for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes.

Jonny Gomes (33) OF:  December 1, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.  2 YRs/$6.2 MIL

Jon Lester (30) SP:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.


Mike Napoli (32) 1B:  January 22, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox. 1 YR/$5 MIL, then re-signed 2 YRs/$32 MIL for 2014 and 2015.


Dustin Pedroia (30) 2B:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft.


David Ortiz, (38) DH:  January 22, 2003: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.


Xander Bogaerts (21) SS/3B:  Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2009.


 

Brock Holt (26) 3B/OF/RF:  December 26, 2012: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox for Ivan De Jesus, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel and Jerry Sands.

Joel Hanrahan (32) RP:  October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.

Ivan De Jesus (27) PH/2B/3B:  August 25, 2012: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with players to be named later, James Loney and Allen Webster to the Boston Red Sox for Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Rubby De La Rosa (October 4, 2012) and Jerry Sands (October 4, 2012) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.

Jerry Sands (26) OF/1B:  same as De Jesus.

James Loney (30) 1B;  October 31, 2013: Granted Free Agency.

Allen Webster (24) SP:  Is currently in the starting rotation for the Red Sox.

Nick Punto (36) 2B/SS/3B:  December 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox. 2 YRs/$3 MIL

Carl Crawford (32)  OF:  December 11, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox. 7 YRs/$142 MIL.

Rubby De La Rosa (25):  Is starting currently for the Boston Red Sox staff.

Josh Beckett (34) SP:  November 24, 2005: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Mike Lowell and Guillermo Mota to the Boston Red Sox for Jesus Delgado, Harvey Garcia, Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez.

Mike Lowell (40) 3B:  November 1, 2010: Granted Free Agency.

Guillermo Mota (41) RP:  January 27, 2006: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with a player to be named later, Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach and cash to the Cleveland Indians for Josh Bard, Coco Crisp and David Riske. The Boston Red Sox sent Randy Newsom (minors) (July 21, 2006) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

Andy Marte (30) 3B/1B:  December 8, 2005: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Boston Red Sox for Edgar Renteria and cash.

Edgar Renteria (37) SS:  December 19, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.

Kelly Shoppach (34) C:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2001 amateur draft.

Josh Bard (36) C:  May 1, 2006: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Cla Meredith and cash to the San Diego Padres for Doug Mirabelli.

Doug Mirabelli (43) C:  October 30, 2007: Granted Free Agency.

Cla Meredith (32) P: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Randy Newsom (32) P:  Signed as a non drafted Free Agent, June.21, 2004.

Coco Crisp (33) OF/2B:  November 19, 2008: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Kansas City Royals for Ramon Ramirez.

Ramon Ramirez (32) RP:  July 31, 2010: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the San Francisco Giants for Daniel Turpen (minors).

Daniel Turpen (27) P:  March 29, 2011: Traded by the to the Boston Red Sox  to The Colorado Rockies for Michael McKenry

Michael McKenry (29) C:  June 12, 2011: Purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Boston Red Sox.

Josh Bard (36) C:  October 6, 2008: Granted Free Agency.

David Riske (37) RP:  June 15,  2006: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox for Javier Lopez.

Javier Lopez (37) RP: October 5, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

Mark Melancon (29) RP: December 14, 2011: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Boston Red Sox for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland.

Jed Lowrie (30) SS/3B/2B:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (45th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.

Kyle Weiland (27) P: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Jesus Delgado (30) P: Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2001.

Hanley Ramirez (30) SS/3B:  Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2000.

Anibal Sanchez (30) SP:  Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2001.

Harvey Garcia (30) P:  June 14, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.

Stolmy Pimentel (24) P:  Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2006.

Adrian Gonzalez (32) 1B:  December 6, 2010: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later, Reymond Fuentes, Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo. The Boston Red Sox sent Eric Patterson (December 16, 2010) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

Reymond Fuentes (23) CF/PH:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (28th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.

Casey Kelly (24) SP: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.

Anthony Rizzo (24) 1B:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Eric Patterson (31) LF/2B:  June 26, 2010: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox for Fabian Williamson (minors).

Fabian Williamson (25) P:  January 20, 2009: Traded to the Seattle Mariners by the Boston Red Sox for David Aardsma

David Aardsma (32) RP:  January 28, 2008: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox for Willy Mota (minors) and Miguel Socolovich.

Willy Mota (28) CF:  He has not played organized baseball since 2008. He was originally signed as a 16 Year Old from the Dominican in 2012.

Miguel Socolovich (28) P;  Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2004.


Jackie Bradley JR (24) CF:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (40th pick) of the 2011 amateur draft.


Shane Victorino (33) OF:  December 13, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox. 3 YRs/$39 MIL.


Daniel Nava (31) OF:  Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox in 2008.


David Ross (37) C:  November 14, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.  2 YRs/$6.2 MIL,


 

Kelly Johnson will see some playing time at 3B, and especially if Brock Holt plays in the OF, as Xander Bogaerts can move back to his natural position of 3B.  Johnson makes far less than the departing Stephen Drew (should save the club about $2.5 MIL in salary).

Kelly Johnson will see some playing time at 3B, and especially if Brock Holt plays in the OF, as Xander Bogaerts can move back to his natural position of 3B. Johnson makes far less than the departing Stephen Drew (should save the club about $2.5 MIL in salary).

Kelly Johnson (33)  July 31, 2014:  Traded By The Yankees to the Red Sox for Stephen Drew.

Stephen Drew (31) SS/3B:  December 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.  1 YR/$9.1 MIL in 2013, 1 YR/$10.5 MIL in 2015.


 

Mike Carp (28) 1B/LF: February 20, 2013: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Boston Red Sox for player to be named or cash.

Will Middlebrooks (25) 3B:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Jonathan Herrera (29) December 18, 2013: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Boston Red Sox for Chris Martin and Franklin Morales.

Franklin Morales (28) P:  May 19, 2011: Purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Colorado Rockies.

Chris Martin (28) P:  March 31, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.

Allen Craig (30) 1B/OF:  July 31, 2014:  Traded by St. Louis with Joe Kelly to Boston for Jon Lackey and Corey Littrell.

Joe Kelly (26) SP:  will come to Boston and be in the Starting Rotation.

John Lackey (35) SP:  December 14, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.  6 YRs/$83 MIL.

Corey Littrell (22) P: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Ryan Lavarnway (27) C/DH:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 6th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Christian Vazquez (23) C: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 9th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Mookie Betts (21) OF:  Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 5th round of the 2011 amateur draft.

After this season, Craig will have a minimum of $26.5 MIL left on the table for the 3 years from 2015 - 2017.  This is a great move for the Red Sox, considering the man has a career 3 slash line of .291/.343/.460 - despite lower totals in 2014 of a .683 OPS.  What is better is that the 30 Year Old 1B/OF has an OPS of .839 in 100 AB in the postseason.  Boston has provided David Ortiz with some right handed pop for sure.

After this season, Craig will have a minimum of $26.5 MIL left on the table for the 3 years from 2015 – 2017. This is a great move for the Red Sox, considering the man has a career 3 slash line of .291/.343/.460 – despite lower totals in 2014 of a .683 OPS. What is better is that the 30 Year Old 1B/OF has an OPS of .839 in 100 AB in the postseason. Boston has provided David Ortiz with some right handed pop for sure.  Oh yeah..Joe Kelly has a 3.25 ERA in 266 IP worth of work at the Major League Level, and is under team control until the end of the 2018.  Lackey was a good pitcher for the Sox in the last 50 starts, however, the club did the right thing to become younger.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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