The best trade, baseball and otherwise, is one that benefits both sides of a trade, imho.
If that is so, then I think the recent Sox-Padres trade meets that definition of a ‘best trade’.
While it really isn’t possible yet to evaluate either the short or long term outcome of what Drombrowski has done for/to the Sox, it seems to me that in one trade he’s drastically changed the Sox bullpen for the better – Tazawa in the 7th, Uehara in the 8th, and Kimbrel in the 9th.
The best evaluation of this trade is the one yesterday by Alex Speier. If you haven’t seen it, take a look: 108 Stitches.
Feel free to add to what he has to say in the Comments’ section of this MillersTime/GoSox post.
I don’t know how many of you follow Alex Speier’s 108 Stitches, but if you’re not getting his daily blog post sent to your email, consider doing so. Sometimes there’s more than even the most obsessed of you might want to know, but he’s always informative.