The Red Sox traded this 49-year-old man 16 years ago today. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Game of Note: Remember a few days ago, when Gene Conley vanished from the Red Sox team bus after a game against the Yankees? Well, today is the anniversary of his reappearing. And being fined $2,000 by the team for the disappearing act.
Transactions: As this is the day before the trade deadline, there's a whole lot to cover here.
In 2003, the Red Sox acquired Scott Williamson for the Reds in exchange for Phil Dumatrait and Tyler Pelland. Williams was effectively useless during the regular season, but in the playoffs, threw eight innings in eight games, striking out 14 against three walks while allowing one run.
The year prior, Boston sent Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim to the Expos in exchange for Cliff Floyd, who, coincidentally, used to be under the management of just-removed Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette back in the early 90s. Floyd had been dealt from the Marlins to the Expos just 19 days before, in a deal that netted the Fish Wilton Guerrero, Claudio Vargas, and cash.
The 2002 Red Sox didn't make the playoffs, but it wasn't Floyd's fault: he hit .316/.374/.561 in his 47 games, and signed with the Mets for a sizable contract after the season.
Back in 1998, Mike Stanley came to the Red Sox for the second of his two stints, and posted a 128 OPS+ the rest of the way, helping Boston make the playoffs for the first time since 1995.
We'll cut things off here: this is also the day that, in 1996, the Red Sox traded 33-year-old journeyman pitcher Jamie Moyer to the Seattle Mariners for Darren Bragg. Moyer would post a 3.97 ERA over 10 seasons with the Mariners, winning 145 games, and just now might be in his final year as a major-league pitcher.