Texas Rangers: Ranking the Top Deadline Deals Since 2000
By Kenneth Nash
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5. July 31, 2007: Sending Gagne to Boston for David Murphy
Another deal where the Rangers acquired a fan favorite, Texas sent high-caliber closer, Eric Gagne, to the Red Sox in 2007 for David Murphy. Murphy spent 7 years in Texas all during his prime. A flexible player who could play all outfield spots, Murphy’s prime seasons were in Arlington where he racked up 826 appearances with a .275 batting average.
Gagne, at the time, was one of the better relievers in baseball. Sending him away was not a popular move as many thought Texas could resign him at the end of the season. However long-term the deal paid off as Gagne would only pitch one more season in the big leagues before the end of his career.