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How far does Red Sox’ reach go in Major League Baseball?

Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, and Adrian Gonzalez.
Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, and Adrian Gonzalez.USA TODAY SPORTS/AP/EPA

When Theo Epstein departed for Chicago in 2011 after nine years as the Red Sox' general manager, the Cubs president began rebuilding his new front office with names familiar in Boston.

Jed Hoyer. Jason McLeod. Matt Dorey.

This offseason, Epstein and company picked up a handful of former Sox players, most notably ace Jon Lester, raising the question: are the Cubs the Red Sox of the National League?

The Globe sifted through each team's 40-man roster, front office and baseball operations directory, and coaching staff list to quantify how far the Red Sox' reach is throughout Major League Baseball.

We defined a connection to the Red Sox as any stint, no matter the length, with the team in any capacity, even in the minors. Each connection counts as one point. We included special assistants and various directors of scouting titles in the front office and baseball operations searches.

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The Cubs far and away have the most personnel with Red Sox connections at 15, with five players, one coach, and nine front office/baseball operations staffers (including the newly hired Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez).

They nearly double what the next closest team has, which is the Dodgers with eight.

Four teams have seven connections, and three have zero.

Teams with at least five connections
See more detail below.
Cubs
15
Dodgers
8
Nationals
7
Yankees
7
Blue Jays
7
A's
7
Indians
6
Angels
5
Tigers
5
DATA: MLB
RACHEL G. BOWERS/Globe Staff
American League
Yankees
7
Blue Jays
7
A's
7
Indians
6
Angels
5
Tigers
5
Rangers
4
Orioles
4
Rays
3
Astros
2
Royals
1
White Sox
1
Mariners
1
Twins
0
DATA: MLB
Rachel g. bowers/Globe Staff
National League
Cubs
15
Dodgers
8
Nationals
7
Diamondbacks
4
Reds
4
Cardinals
3
Giants
3
Mets
3
Padres
3
Braves
2
Marlins
2
Phillies
2
Pirates
2
Brewers
0
Rockies
0
DATA: MLB
Rachel g. bowers/Globe Staff

Red Sox connections

Stephen Drew (left) and Jacoby Ellsbury before facing the Red Sox last season at Fenway Park.
Stephen Drew (left) and Jacoby Ellsbury before facing the Red Sox last season at Fenway Park.File/The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

(Minimum five connections – players, coaches, or front office)

Cubs: LHP Drake Britton, LHP Felix Doubront, LHP Jon Lester, C David Ross, OF Ryan Sweeney, assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske, hitting consultant/scout Kevin Youkilis, hitting consultant Manny Ramirez, president Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer, assistant GM Shiraz Rehman, director of major league scouting Kyle Evans, director of international scouting Louis Eljaua, VP player development/amateur scouting Jason McLeod, director of amateur scouting Matt Dorey

■ Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LF Carl Crawford, assistant hitting coach John Valentin, 3B coach Lorenzo Bundy, VP amateur and international scouting David Finley, director of player personnel Galen Carr, director of player development Gabe Kapler, special assistant Aaron Sele

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■ Nationals: LHP Matt Thornton, C Dan Butler, president and GM Mike Rizzo, director of international scouting Johnny DiPuglia, special assistant to GM Steve Arnieri, special assistant to GM Bob Schaefer, special assistant to GM Mike Cubbage

■ Yankees: LHP Chris Capuano, LHP Andrew Miller, SS Stephen Drew, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, 1B coach Tony Pena, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez

■ Blue Jays: 1B Danny Valencia, 1B coach Tim Leiper, 3B coach Luis Rivera, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, special assistant Carlos Delgado, special assistant Paul Quantrill

■ A's: CF Coco Crisp, OF Alex Hassan, RF Josh Reddick, pitching coach Curt Young, assistant hitting coach Marcus Jensen, manager Bob Melvin, special assistant Scott Hatteberg

■ Indians: RHP Scott Atchison, 2B Mike Aviles, 1B Brandon Moss, RF David Murphy, manager Terry Francona, bench coach Brad Mills

■ Angels: Hitting coach Don Baylor, 3B coach Gary DiSarcina, GM Jerry Dipoto, director of pro scouting Hal Morris, director of player development Bobby Scales

■ Tigers: RHP Alex Wilson, SS Jose Iglesias, LF Yoenis Cespedes, 1B Victor Martinez, bench coach Gene Lamont

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