5 Bombshell MLB Deals That Went Down During Thanksgiving Weekend

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 19, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox v. New York Yankees | Jason Szenes/Getty Images

While most of the world is off eating turkey and baking pies, MLB executives are generally on the phone 'round the clock, trying to alter their teams' fates. No days off. As Thanksgiving rolls by and teams scramble in the market, searching for wins to add, these still remain the five biggest deals ever to go down during the holiday weekend.

5. Red Sox Re-Sign Mike Lowell

BOSTON, MA - JULY 30:  Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell  is introduced during a ceremony recognizing the ten year anniversary of the 2007 World Series champions on July 30, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox | Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox clearly like to act fast, as the recent World Series champions decided to re-sign their World Series MVP in 2007 shortly after his heroics. Lowell signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal that gave Boston two more solid years, before a backslide in 2010 led to the third baseman's retirement. Though he never quite got back to 2007 near-MVP status again, he had such a strong impact on the World Series run that he is remembered very fondly in Boston.

4. Curt Schilling Traded to Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - JULY 30: Former Boston Red Sox player Curt Schilling is introduced during a 2007 World Series Champion team reunion before a game against the Kansas City Royals on July 30, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox | Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Another piece of the Red Sox championship picture, Schilling was an absolute steal for the Red Sox in the 2003 offseason. He was an instant factor, winning 21 games his first season, and capturing the iconic Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. Notably, he was pitching on an severely injured ankle. He would contribute greatly to Red Sox titles in 2004 and 2007.

3. Victor Martinez Signs With the Tigers

Martinez spent a few months with the Red Sox, then returned to the AL Central to play with the Detroit Tigers after the 2010 season. The move resulted in importing a cornerstone of the Tigers' organization in the decade to come, where Martinez amassed 115 home runs and 540 RBIs, as well as an MVP runner-up finish and Silver Slugger nod in 2014.

2. Marlins and Red Sox Exchange Josh Beckett for Hanley Ramirez

Seeing two players of such caliber changing sides is quite rare in the world of Major League Baseball, and it is easy to say that the Red Sox won this one, as Beckett posted a 3.27 ERA to go with 20 wins, and he was sensational in the postseason, posting a 1.20 ERA over 30 innings. However, Hanley Ramirez gave the Marlins significant return, posting six straight stellar seasons at shortstop, including an NL Rookie of the Year award, for a non-contender. Also part of this deal? Anibal Sanchez heading to Miami, and Mike Lowell going to Boston.

1. Josh Donaldson Gets Traded to Blue Jays

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 25: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Blue Jays won 6-5. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays v Philadelphia Phillies | Hunter Martin/Getty Images

In order to avoid the massive contract the MVP-caliber third baseman would eventually pursue, the A's flipped him ahead of schedule for a package that included Brett Lawrie. However, Donaldson proved to be worth his weight in gold, winning an MVP trophy in 2015, and back-to-back Silver Slugger awards in 2015 and 2016.