The Red Sox have seemingly been on the bad end of many trades the past decade (Eric Gagne, anyone?) . Sometimes the players flourish and wash out quickly (Ramon Ramirez), some become All Stars (Hanley Ramirez), and some, the Red Sox fans can just laugh about (Brandon Moss). With that said, here are the 2012 ex-Red Sox All Stars.
1) Must be playing in 2012
SP - Justin Masterson (Cleveland): After a stellar 2011, Masterson has struggled to a 2-6, 4.76 line, skewed by 3 terrible starts (9 for 13 QS). Never getting a chance to develop into a starter in Boston, the durable righty has become a solid rotation member in Cleveland.
SP - Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati): Part of the 2004 World Series-winning Red Sox, Arroyo has been a durable member of the Reds' rotation the last seven years. After a sub-par 2011 (5.04 ERA) in which he led the league in earned runs allowed, Arroyo is sporting a 3.79 ERA in the early goings of 2012.
C - George Kottaras (Milkwaukee): Sharing catching duty for the Brewers, Kottaras has an unimpressive .236/3/10 line. In reality he is just keeping the plate warm for Victor Martinez. The rest of the unenviable pickings? Josh Bard hasn't played this year, Shoppach was re-acquired for the 2012 campaign, and Tim Federowicz never put on the Boston uniform. Luis Exposito, despite making the active roster as a backup, never registered a plate appearance for the Red Sox, in case you were desperate for a backstop hitting .059 on the year. Doug Mirabelli via police escort sounds like the best 3rd option.
1B - Carlos Pena (Tampa Bay): The local boy only appeared in 18 games for Boston, but developed into a true three outcomes player in Tampa, and a solid defender. Hitting just .195/8/26 on the year, Pena still boasts a decent .346 OBP.
2B - Jed Lowrie (Houston): One of the few young former Red Sox infielders floating around the league, Lowrie beats out the injured Freddy Sanchez, who has yet to play this year. A versatile defender who has shown the ability to play every infield position at a below-average level, Lowrie is living up to his billing for the Astros, as a professional hitter hitting .284/12/28, and already spending considerable time on the disabled list.
SS - (edit) Hanley Ramirez (Miami): Though he appeared in just 2 games for the Red Sox and struck out in both of his plate appearances, he became a perennial all-star for the Marlins. A .258/11/37 line shows the dramatic drop in batting average Ramirez has had over the past couple years, but it's still good enough for this team.
3B - (edit) Adrian Beltre (Texas): One of the few Red Sox signings to overachieve, Beltre hit .321 and led the league in doubles in his one year in Boston. His solid offensive and defensive output have followed him to Texas, where he's hit .300 and slugged .489 in 2012, with 10 HR.
LF - David Murphy (Texas): Traded away for Eric Gagne, Murphy developed into a reliable, if not solid, OF for the Rangers. His .263/6/19 line and relative durability dwarf Jason Bay's .181 BA and 3 HR in just 19 games for the Mets this season.
CF - Coco Crisp (Oakland): The first of two Athletics' OF, Crisp had three disappointing seasons for Boston before being traded to Kansas City. A plus fielder in Boston, Crisp still has his speed, leading the league in SB in 2011. However, hitting just .165 on the year has relegated him to sharing CF duties in 2012.
RF - Josh Reddick (Oakland): Another young player, Reddick was traded away in the Bailey/Sweeney trade after a few moments of relative (to JD Drew) brilliance for the Sox. On any given night, Reddick can be a plus defender and plus bat, but tends to be overly aggressive at times and is prone to incredible hot and cold streaks. On the year, Reddick has hit just .267, but has shown good power, with 14 HR. Also expected? Reddick's 56 K's in 60 games played. In all, he's a good young (and cheap) player for Oakland, who never had a full-time place with the Red Sox.
DH - Adam LaRoche (Washington): Appearing in just 6 games for Boston after the Manny Ramirez trade, LaRoche was shipped out to Atlanta. On the year, LaRoche is hitting .261/11/42 for a Nationals team that just swept through Fenway Park. Of course, if Manny Ramirez serves his 50 game suspension and ends up on the Athletics roster, he might end up in this spot.
CL - (edit) Jonathan Papelbon (Philadelphia): The price was just too much for the Red Sox to keep Papelbon, despite his stellar numbers during a six-year run as the Red Sox' closer. A 2.22 ERA and .945 WHIP have gotten Papelbon 16 saves in 2012, good for third in the league.
This was done mostly from memory, so who was left out? What former Red Sox do you miss the most?