Red Sox trade OF Wily Mo Pena to Washington
Wily Mo Pena was an interesting character in Boston, to say the least. In 2006, Pena had one of the best seasons of his career, posting a .301 average with 11 home runs and 42 RBI’s. 2007 was not going quite as well, so the Red Sox decided to capitalize on what little value he had – receiving a PTBNL.
The reason why this is a notable move is because this freed up a roster spot for a young, blossoming star in the Red Sox organization – Jacoby Ellsbury. As we know, Jacoby won over the hearts of many and not only contributed to winning the World Series in 2007, but again in 2013.
Upon his arrival in Boston, Ellsbury lived up to every bit of hype. He hit .353, while stealing nine bases. He provided what Pena could not, with his plus speed and exceptional defense.
Obviously, he ended up leaving Boston for the rival Yankees, but his illustrious career with the Sox is undeniable. Trading Wily Mo Pena, opened the door for a young star to make an impact on the big league club.
Is it possible this could happen again? You never know, but this August move slides in at #3 on this list.