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 Martinez appears to be washed up and was injured and used sparingly when healthy.
The Red Sox would face disappointment once again in the playoffs as they would get swept by the Indians in the divisional series. Since the trade, the Red Sox have lost in the first round of the playoffs each year. The Indians would go on to win the World Series.
Looking to blame AROD? Not so fast. He has been really good in his postseason career with the Red Sox.
The Texas Rangers would miss the playoffs again but Jon Lester would make his debut. Lester was also part of the deal. Lester would struggle in 2006 and he does not appear to be real happy about his season.
Manny Ramirez would have an incredible 2006 season and would be named AL MVP. Once again, Alex Rodriguez had a shot at the award. AROD did miss eight weeks due to injury which may have cost him.
The story of Nomar Garciaparra continues to be a sad one. He was released by the Houston Astros and picked up by the Yankees where he would come off the bench. Nomar would have one memorable day getting five hits. He is sure to be on a different team in 2007.
Keep following along as we continue to play out this simulation. 2007 should be interesting for the Red Sox with Dustin Pedroia and newcomers Jacoby Ellsbury and Daisuke Matsuzaka. It will be interesting to see if any trades are made. The Sox will be loaded and will once again be the favorites to win it all and end the drought from 1918.
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