In what is always and entertaining (and sometimes stressful) few days leading up to the trading deadline, we are always inundated with lists of trades that worked and those that didn't. We even had some speculation on this site about a player or two that had been traded away, notably Freddy Sanchez.
But to me, the most frustrating part of these "lists" is that just because a player develops in another organization, it doesn't mean they would have developed with the team that traded him. Often the player needs a lot of seasoning, and as it relates to the Sox, the market and rest of the roster don't allow hitters to get 500 ABs and pitchers to throw 200 innings in order to get the experience needed to be a valuable MLB player.
The two that jumped out at me today, were crtiticism thrown the Sox way for trading Mike Maroth for Bryce Florie. Sure he was off to a good start this year. And he is cheap. And he was a about league average in 2004 and 2005. But would the Sox have been able to give him 200 innings of his near 6 ERA in 2003? Of course not.
And even trading Lew Ford for Hector Carrasco. Sure he is a nice player. And carasco did not really work out, but he would have been a 4th or 5th OF in Boston. And Boston never would have been able to give him the 500 ABs he had in 2004.
So, lets enjoy the next few days, but lets also not take everything we read very seriously.