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How the Red Sox were built
10/02/2004 10:07 PM ET
To say general manager Theo Epstein's fingerprints are on this year's postseason roster would be an understatement. Only nine of Boston's 25 players were here before Epstein was named the youngest GM in Major League history on Nov. 25, 2002.

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After the Red Sox were eliminated from playoffs last season, Epstein began rebuilding his club. He orchestrated one of the offseason's biggest deals, acquiring right-hander Curt Schilling from the Diamondbacks on Nov. 28, 2003, in exchange for four pitchers. Six days later, Epstein named A's bench coach Terry Francona the franchise's 44th skipper.

A glaring weakness in the 2003 campaign was addressed on Dec. 13, 2003, when Epstein signed closer Keith Foulke to a three-year contract. Epstein then sent shockwaves through Red Sox Nation on July 31, trading fan favorite Nomar Garciaparra as part of a four-team deal that netted Expos shortstop Orlando Cabrera and Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.

Before the non-waiver trading deadline was over, Epstein added speedy outfielder Dave Roberts from the Dodgers as insurance for a then-injured Trot Nixon.


  • RF Trot Nixon drafted in the first round.


  • RHP Tim Wakefield signed as a minor league free agent.


  • RHP Derek Lowe and C Jason Varitek acquired from the Mariners for RHP Heathcliff Slocumb.
  • RHP Pedro Martinez acquired from the Expos for RHP Carl Pavano and RHP Tony Armas Jr.


  • LF Manny Ramirez signed as a free agent.


  • C Doug Mirabelli acquired from the Rangers for RHP Justin Duchscherer.
  • CF Johnny Damon signed as a free agent.
  • 3B Kevin Youkilis drafted in the 8th round.


  • LHP Alan Embree acquired from the Padres along with RHP Andy Shibilo for RHP Brad Baker and RHP Dan Giese.
  • RHP Ramiro Mendoza signed as a free agent.
  • RHP Mike Timlin signed as a free agent.


  • DH David Ortiz signed as a free agent.
  • 3B Bill Mueller signed as a free agent.
  • RHP Bronson Arroyo claimed off waivers from the Pirates.
  • 1B Kevin Millar acquired from the Marlins for cash considerations.
  • OF Gabe Kapler signed as a free agent.
  • RHP Scott Williamson acquired from the Reds for LHP Phil Dumatrait, LHP Tyler Pelland and a cash consideration.
  • 1B David McCarty claimed off waivers from the A's.
  • RHP Curt Schilling acquired from Diamondbacks in exchange for LHP Casey Fossum, RHP Brandon Lyon, INF Jorge de la Rosa and a player to be named.
  • RHP Keith Foulke signed as a free agent.
  • 2B Mark Bellhorn acquired the from Rockies for a player to be named.
  • 2B Pokey Reese signed as a free agent.


  • RHP Curtis Leskanic signed to a 2004 contract.
  • RHP Terry Adams acquired from the Blue Jays for Double-A third baseman John Hatti and a cash consideration.
  • SS Orlando Cabrera acquired from the Expos along with 1B Doug Mientkiewicz in a deal that sent SS Nomar Garciaparra, OF Matt Murton and cash considerations to the Cubs.
  • OF Dave Roberts acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for Triple-A OF Henri Stanley.
  • LHP Mike Myers acquired in an August waiver wire deal with the Mariners for a player to be named or cash considerations.

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