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Sox take gamble by dealing Nomar

The Red Sox believe they're a better defensive team without Nomar Garciaparra. But are they a better team?

Originally Published: August 2, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Some 12 hours after The Trade, the reverberations were still being felt throughout New England. Newspapers, TV and radio stations ran polls to gauge fans' opinion of the swap -- reaction was basically split -- and there was a certain "where-were-you-when-you-heard-the-news" element to the aftermath.

The complicated, four-team trade which sent Nomar Garciaparra packing Saturday is arguably the biggest gamble of Red Sox GM Theo Epstein's career. If the Red Sox fail to qualify for the postseason ...

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