As we near the beginning of the 2015 baseball season, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at those players who were with the Red Sox in the post season of 2013 when they won the pennant and World Series and are no longer with the Sox, to see what happened to them.
There were fifteen players who made an appearance in the post season for the Sox that year who are no longer with the Sox and fourteen of them are still in baseball. Pitcher Ryan Dempster retired after the 2013 season.
Jon Lester, unquestionably the Red Sox Ace, was traded to Oakland as the Sox floundered at the trading deadline in 2014, along with Jonny Gomes, for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester went 6-4 with Oakland with a 2.35 ERA and started and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Kansas City Royals. He was signed last month by the Chicago Cubs as a Free Agent and is expected to be their Ace this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who became a Free Agent after the 2013 season, was signed by the Yankees and became their starting center fielder. He hit .271 in 2014, with the Yankees and had 16 homers, 70 RBI’s and 39 steals, mostly batting from the lead off position. He remains with the Yankees.
John Lackey was traded to St. Louis Cardinals, during the purge at the trading deadline in 2014, for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. He was 3-3 with 4.30 ERA in 10 starts in 2014 for the Cards and started and pitched seven innings, giving up one run, in the NLDS, beating the Dodgers. He started one game in the NLCS against the Giants and had no decision. He remains with the Cardinals.
Jake Peavy was another player traded in July, 2014. He went to the San Francisco Giants where he was 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA for the rest of the season. He pitched in 4 post season games, including two in World Series, where he was charged with the loss in both games. He was granted Free Agency by the Giants but signed to come back later and will be with them this year.
Felix Doubront was traded to the Chicago Cubs at the trading deadline in 2014 and went 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 4 starts after being traded. He is listed as the eighth potential starter on the Cubs current depth chart.
David Ross, the Red Sox backup catcher hit .184 in 50 games with the Sox in 2014. He was granted Free Agency in November and signed with the Chicago Cubs in December. He is one of four catchers on the Cubs roster but is expected to be the backup catcher.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Sox catcher in 2013, was granted Free Agency after that season and signed by the Miami Marlins. He hit .220 in 114 games in 2014, with the Marlins, with 11 homers and 44 RBI’s. He is still with the Marlins and expected to be their first string catcher.
Jonny Gomes, after being traded to Oakland, hit .234 in just 34 games. He was granted Free Agency after the season and was signed by the Atlanta Braves. He is expected to compete for the starting position in left field.
After a disappointing season in which he hit just .191 in 63 games in 2014, Will Middlebrooks was traded in December to the San Diego Padres. After 2012, his first year with Sox, when he hit .288 in 75 games, he then fell to .227 in 94 games in 2013 before last year’s dismal performance. He is expected to compete for the third base position in San Diego in spring training.
Stephen Drew was originally traded to Yankees in July of 2014 after hitting .176 in 39 games. He hit
.150 in 46 games in New York. He was made a Free Agent by the Yankees in October, and finally signed again by the Yankees and is expected to start at second base for them.
Mike Carp was signed off waivers by the Texas Rangers in August of 2014. He played in just17 games the rest of the year and only hit .125. He was made a Free Agent at the end of the year and signed by the Washington Nationals.
Quintin Berry, came to Sox from the Kansas City Royals in August of 2013, batted just 9 times in 13 games and stole three bases in post season, one each in ALDS, ALCS and World Series without batting. He was made a Free Agent in November, signed by the Baltimore Orioles in January of 2014. He got into just 10 games with Baltimore in 2014 with only two at bats and was released in December. He was signed again as a Free Agent by the Red Sox in January of 2015.
Franklin Morales who was traded to the Colorado Rockies after the 2013 season, pitched 142 innings with 22 starts with them in 2014 and had a 6-9 record with a 5.37 ERA. He was made a Free Agent in October of 2014 and, as of this date, has not signed to play in 2015.
The 2015 edition of the Red Sox bears little resemblance to that of 2013 but most of those players who
experienced the ride from worst to first are still playing the game somewhere.