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The Deal explores what-if of A-Rod trade to Red Sox in 2003

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It’s a baseball what-if that remains forever compelling because the answer can never be known — and because what occurred soon thereafter rewarded the faith of generations.

How would Red Sox history be different had their attempt to acquire Alex Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers in the winter of 2003-04 been fulfilled?

Remember the frenzied pursuit? Of course you do. It was a pivotal moment in Red Sox history, a near-miss of seismic, franchise-altering proportions. Rodriguez was the consensus best player in baseball, a camera-friendly 27-year-old Gold Glove-winning shortstop who’d just hit 47 homers and been named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

“The Deal: Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox,’’ a superb 20-plus minute short film by Colin and Nick Barnicle of Prospect Productions, re-examines this great what-if in fascinating fashion.

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