Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Boston Red Sox Acquisitions Of The Decade

By Victor Olowojoba

10. Coco Crisp – Acquired in 2006 Via Trade With Indians

Coco Crisp was acquired in January 2006 after Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees. For his first couple of years Crisp filled the void left by Damon as the team’s leadoff hitter. As a member of the sox, Crisp was widely regarded as one of the best defensive centerfielders in baseball making numorous web gems and top plays on sportscenter.  Crisp also contributed to the 2007 World Series Champion Red Sox team which allows him to have a place on this list. Keith Foulke gets an honorable mention but did not make the list because he was only on the sox for half a season.

9. Jason Bay – Acquired in 2008 Via Trade With Pirates

The Sox traded Manny Ramirez in 2008 at the trade deadline and got Bay in return. Bay lived up to expectations right away by hitting .293 8 home runs and 37 rbis in the second half of the season. In his first playoff series that year, Bay batted 7 for 17 (.412), with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs in 4 games. The nest year he led the sox with 36 home runs and 119 rbis on a team that had David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis.

8. Carl Crawford – Acquired in 2010 Via Free Agency

Crawford has not lived up to the lofty expectations that his lucrative contract has brought on him, but over time Crawford will show Sox fans why I put him on this list. Crawford’s combination of speed and power is very hard to come by. He has the ability to win multiple Gold Gloves and is always a threat to lead the league in stolen bases and triples. Sooner rather than later you will understand why I have Crawford here.

7. Victor Martinez – Acquired in 2009 Via Trade With Indians

V-Mart is another player that the Red Sox got in a trade towards the last minutes of the trade deadline. He gave them their best offensive catcher probably since Carlton Fisk. He brought great veteran leadership to the Sox and great defense. In his only full season with the team he hit .302 20 homers and 79 rbis. Those numbers made him one of the best catchers in baseball that year.

6. Johnny Damon – Acquired in 2001 Via Free Agency

Damon was actually a great player with the Red Sox. He was the leadoff hitter for 4 years and played a vital part in them winning the 2004 World Series. Fans know know him for his infamous beard during the 04 playoffs and he was a beloved Red Sox until he betrayed Red Sox nation and joined the Evil Empire. Although that may have ruined his relationship with most fans, there was no doubt that the acquisition of Damon was one of the top of the decade.

5. Curt Schilling – Acquired in 2003 Via Trade With Diamondbacks

Two Words… Bloody Sock

4. Adrian Gonzalez – Acquired in 2010 Via Trade With Padres

Red Sox traded for A-Gon before this season started. All they got in return is a .356 average 18 homer runs and 90 rbis. He leads the Majors in average and rbis. He will be higher on this list when it is all said and done.

3. Josh Beckett –  Acquired in 2005 Via Trade With Marlins

Josh Beckett was acquired in a trade that saw the Sox give up arguably the best shortstop in the game in Hanley Ramirez and Highly touted pitcher Anibal Sanchez. I think the Red Sox would do the trade all over again if they could knowing that Josh Beckett was one of the main catalyst in helping the Sox win the 2007 World Series. Josh Beckett has been the ace of the staff since he has been on the Sox and continues to lead the pitching staff this year.

2. Manny Ramirez – Acquired in 2000 Via Free Agency

Manny signed a huge 10 year 200 million dollar deal in 2000 as he was one of the most sought after free agents ever. Manny produced from day 1. In his first month with the Sox he hit .408 and finished the year hitting .306 with 41 home runs and 125 rbis. For 10 years Manny continued to hit for the Sox in front of Ortiz and formed one of the most feared 3-4 tandems of all time. He was the MVP of the 2004 World Series, the Sox first World Series since 1918. Manny not only is one of the best acquisitions of the decade but of all time for Boston.

1. David Ortiz – Acquired in 2003 Via Free Agency

Big Papi is the greatest clutch hitter in Boston Red Sox History. No more really needs to be said after that. Greatest Red Sox acquistion of the Decade hands down like 6:30.

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