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How the Red Sox were built
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09/29/2003 12:00 PM ET 
How the Red Sox were built
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When Theo Epstein was named Boston's 11th general manager, the endless jokes started immediately about the 29-year-old taking over the club. But his dealmaking helped lead Boston back to its first postseason berth in four years. Epstein completely rebuilt the club, replacing three-fourths of the infield, adding designated hitter David Ortiz and bringing in important bench players like Gabe Kapler and Damian Jackson. In all, 14 of the 25 players on the postseason roster were not with Boston a year ago. Here's what Epstein did as GM to build this year's Red Sox:

1993

  • RF Trot Nixon drafted in first round.

    1994

  • SS Nomar Garciaparra drafted in first round.

    1995

  • RHP Tim Wakefield signed as free agent.

    1997

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

    2000

  • LF Manny Ramirez acquired as free agent in December.

    2001

  • C Doug Mirabelli acquired from Rangers for minor league RHP Justin Duchscherer.
  • CF Johnny Damon signed as free agent in December.
  • RHP John Burkett signed as free agent in December.

    2002

  • LHP Alan Embree acquired from Padres for RHP Brad Baker and RHP Dan Giese in June.
  • RHP Brandon Lyon claimed off waivers from Blue Jays in October.
  • RHP Bronson Arroyo signed as minor league free agent in November.
  • IF-OF Damian Jackson signed as free agent in December.
  • 2B Todd Walker acquired from Reds for minor leaguers INF Tony Blanco and RHP Josh Thigpen in December.
  • RHP Mike Timlin signed as free agent in December.
  • RHP Ramiro Mendoza signed as free agent in December.
  • Selected OF Adrian Brown in Rule 5 Draft in December.

    2003

  • 1B Kevin Millar acquired from Marlins in exchange for cash considerations.
  • 3B Bill Mueller signed as free agent.
  • DH-1B David Ortiz signed as free agent.
  • 1B-OF Andy Abad signed as minor league free agent.
  • RHP Byung-Hyun Kim acquired from Diamondbacks for 3B Shea Hillenbrand in May.
  • OF Gabe Kapler claimed off waivers from Colorado in June.
  • RHP Todd Jones claimed off waivers from Colorado in July.
  • RHP Scott Williamson acquired from Reds for LHP Phil Dumatrait in July.
  • RHP Jeff Suppan and LHP Scott Sauerbeck acquired from Pirates for INF Freddy Sanchez in July.
  • 1B-OF David McCarty claimed off waivers from Oakland in August.
  • INF Lou Merloni acquired from Padres for RHP Rene Miniel in August.



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