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    It'd be an all-in type of gamble.

     
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    The success rate for top prospects isn't 100 percent.

     
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    Look at Kansas City, where for years fans have heard about Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.

     
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    They’ve each shown flashes, but they’ve struggled more than they’ve succeeded (struggles that probably help explain why the Royals dealt Wil Myers).

     
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    When everyone is calling for guys like Webster and Bryce Brentz and Bradley to come up and provide a quick fix, it’s important to remember how rarely that happens.

     
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    We talk more and hear more about Red Sox prospects, but it's really only a problem worth worrying about if everyone else's prospects were coming up and thriving right away.

     
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    That doesn't happen.

     
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    Even Buchholz took a good two or three years to get settled in and emerge as a No. 2-ish, All-Star starter.

     
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    That's why the idea of giving up on Doubront entirely given an April's worth of struggles is a little silly.

     
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    Pedroia took a bit too.

     
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    The other thing about the Red Sox is that they're not normally drafting in can't-miss territory.

     
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    They're not normally drafting in the top 10 where guys like Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander come off the board.

     
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    They're drafting where they can get guys who, if they pan out, turn into Ellsbury and Pedroia and Buchholz -- good players, contributing players, even All-Star players, but not superstar players who are contending for MVP awards every year.

     
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    The Red Sox learned the hard way in 2011 that there's no such thing as a quick fix.

     
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    Justin Upton would look great on this team right now, no question.

     
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    But he wouldn't single handedly turn an offense entirely around, either.

     
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    There's only so much impact one player can make.

     
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    And if he'd cost Bogaerts and Barnes, that's a big impact on the long-term plan.

     
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    Keep in mind, too, that Upton had slugged .469 over his previous three seasons.

     
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    I don't know if anyone could have predicted he'd be slugging .600 so far this season -- or, at least, predicted it with enough confidence they'd trade Bogaerts and Barnes for him.

     
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    The Red Sox spent $6,25 million on Jose Iglesias, $1.95 million on Jose Vinicio and $500,000 on Xander Bogaerts -- all the same year.

     
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    They spent a combined $1.5 million on Juan Carlos Linares and Adalberto Ibarra the following year.

     
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    Neither of those players worked out.

     
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    This year's July 2 international class is said to be a strong one, so it'll be interesting to see how the Red Sox do -- especially with the new rules restricting overall team spending.

     
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    The Red Sox will depend on their minor-league system, much like the Giants have, much like the Cardinals have, much like the Rangers and Nationals have for their respective cores.

     

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