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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  December 15, 2009 01:49 PM

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Pitching and defense is the Red Sox' plan to "bridge" the gap between them and the team in the Bronx. I think it's one worth defending. I was never enamored with Matt Holliday, who is completely overrated due to inflated numbers at Coors Field and will be vastly overpaid by some poor team. Sinking Jason Bay-money into John Lackey gives the Sox rotation depth and trade flexibility. Mike Cameron comes cheap, even at 36 makes the team markedly more athletic in the outfield, and while he strikes out a ton, he has 20-25 home run pop from the right side. 
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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