BOSTON -- While Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino described GM Ben Cherington as being protective of his draft choices as he would a first-born child, it’s worth mentioning that in the decade-plus of the Henry/Werner/Lucchino ownership group, the Red Sox have traded six players who were drafted in the first round or were supplemental first-round picks.
Four of them went in trading deadline deals: pitchers Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price were dealt along with Justin Masterson for catcher Victor Martinez in 2009, outfielder David Murphy was traded along with pitcher Kason Gabbard and highly regarded outfielder Engel Beltre, an international signee, for pitcher Eric Gagne in 2007, and in 2008, reliever Craig Hansen went to Pittsburgh along with Brandon Moss in a three-way deal in which the Sox dumped Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and acquired Jason Bay from the Pirates.
Of those top draft picks, only Murphy has had a successful big-league career to date. Hansen washed out, Hagadone has had injuries, Price is stuck in the minors, Kelly has had Tommy John surgery, and Fuentes is still just 22 and repeating a year in Double A.
From the Sox side, the trades for Martinez, Bay and Gonzalez all would have to be termed to have worked out in the Sox favor, though all three players moved on pretty quickly. The Gagne deal was a disaster.