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Shortstop has been a big hole for Red Sox

Since Garciaparra left, 18 players have started at the position

The Red Sox traded Nomar Garciaparra on July 31, 2004, sending the disgruntled five-time All-Star to the Chicago Cubs. It proved to be an inspired move as the Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918.

But in the 7 1/2 seasons since then, finding a shortstop has been astonishingly problematic for an organization that excels in other aspects of building a competitive team.

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