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2007: Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox

We enter season four of Alex Rodriguez on the Boston Red Sox. The 2007 Red Sox won it all in real life and while this version of the 2007 Red Sox is different, it is definitely loaded. They were picked to win the division and they did just that. The Alex Rodriguez led Boston Red Sox have won the AL East every year he has been on the team.

AROD didn't have a great 2007 though. He was hampered by injuries making his numbers look pretty pedestrian. Hanley Ramirez picked up the slack having a monster season leading to being named the 2007 AL MVP. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia would have great rookie seasons and free agent Adam Dunn and Casey Blake would make the Red Sox lineup loaded.

The playoffs would end in disappointment once again. The Red Sox would finally win a series but their season would end in Game 7 of the ALCS to the Oakland Athletics. The A's would go on to win it all again. Their second title since 2004.

Once again, you cant blame Alex Rodriguez for the…

2006: Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox

The 2006 season is now complete in our Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox simulation.

It was another incredible season for the Red Sox and AROD as they once again won the AL East. Since the trade, the Red Sox have won the division every year. winning 100, 106 and now 96 games.

The Red Sox were led by an incredible offense once again. David Ortiz has put up three straight incredible years. Hanley Ramirez continues the great start to his career. The Red Sox signed Barry Bonds to a one year deal in the offseason but Bonds was just a shell of himself. Dustin Pedroia got off to a great start but then was injured for the rest of the season. This prompted a position switch for AROD. Hanley Ramirez would move to SS and AROD moved to play second base. It will be interesting to see what happens in 2007 with a healthy Pedroia. Could someone be traded?

The pitching staff was led by Derek Lowe. Curt Schilling signed a free agent deal and went back to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pedro Mart…

Xander Bogaerts Lacking Range at Shortstop

I am very excited to watch Xander Bogaerts play a full season of baseball. The excitement I feel is the same way I felt heading into the 1997 season to watch Nomar Garciaparra. The difference of course was the 1997 Red Sox were not expected to do much and they didn't. Nomar was that shining light at the end of the tunnel, hope for the future.

The 2014 Red Sox come in as defending champions and Xander Bogaerts was front and center during the title run. Bogaerts is one of many talented Red Sox prospects but he appears to be the one with the highest ceiling. He has MVP potential but there is one issue, his defense.

Bogaerts has a strong arm, and soft hands. Skills that made his transition to third base during the playoffs last year look awful easy. The Red Sox insist that Bogaerts will be fine at shortstop this season. Brian Butterfield has been working hard with him on his first step. Xander struggles going to his right. This was evident yesterday in a game against the Cardinals…