Apr 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) reacts after receiving his 2013 World Series ring before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Like I said in the first slide, this is not an exact science to decide who won the trade. Just because I declare a team a winner over the other doesn’t mean that has to be the case. Both teams can still be viewed as winners, at this was an excellent deal for both sides at the time of the deal and even now, nearly 10-years after.
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Despite the Marlins coming out nearly 5 wins ahead of the Sox after factoring in all the aftermath trades, I’d have to give the edge to the Red Sox and their 2007 World Series. The Marlins have not made the playoffs since they won it all in 2003 while the Sox have 3 championships in that time period.
I also believe Wade Miley will have a bigger impact for the Sox in 2015 than both Martin Prado and Aaron Crow. Ironically, the Sox used the last remnants of their Josh Beckett deal to acquire Miley, a guy the Marlins were very interested in during the offseason.
If you went back in time and gave these teams the option of doing this trade all over again, I’d have no doubt both would jump on it again. The 2007 World Series and top of the rotation arm of Beckett made the deal worth it for the Sox. Hanley Ramirez and his rise to superstardom made the deal worth it for the Marlins.
Now the Sox hope they can get the best of both worlds: A championship after trading Hanley and a championship with Hanley.