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FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s hard to figure why shortstop has been such a revolving door for the Red Sox.
Since July 31, 2004, when Nomar Garciaparra was traded to the Cubs in a four-team deal, the Sox have had 24 different players start at least one game at short.
“I can’t point to one particular reason for it,” said general manager Ben Cherington . “We continue to believe we are closer to stability than we have been in the past.”
Cherington is right about this, though: “Despite the turnover, the team has been pretty successful since the Nomar trade. Perhaps we are testing the theory that you need stability at that position.” The Sox have won three championships since the Garciaparra deal.