May 28, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox former pitcher Keith Foulke walks on the field as part of the 10 year celebration of the 2004 Boston Red Sox before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
J.D. Drew: At first blush, I consider Drew a monumental failure. Five years and 70 Million for what was supposed to be a run producer. The nickname of “Day-to-Day” Drew certainly applied. As far as run production? Never topped 68 RBI. But Drew did a competent job on defense and the at-bats were worthy. If this contract was for half that amount it would be a good deal.
Keith Foulke: Just that one season was enough to cement his place in Red Sox history. The signing went south when Foulke’s arm went lame.
Bill Campbell: Five years and one million is simply pocket change today, but in 1977 this was big bucks. That first Boston season was remarkable with a 13-9 record and 2.96 ERA. “Soup” led the American League in saves (31) and was never the same. Why? How about 140 innings pitched in 1977.
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Tom Gordon: Another arm that got burned out. Gordon was signed for five years and somewhere in the vicinity of 17 million. Originally a starter, he was converted to the bullpen and led the American League in saves (46) in 1998. After sitting out 2000, Gordon went on for another ten seasons. Nothing spectacular after that great 1998.