Shift to run prevention makes sense

Red Sox's signings of Scutaro, Lackey, Cameron tie together

Updated: December 16, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
By Justin Havens | ESPN Stats and Information

The Tampa Bay Rays went from 66-96 in 2007 to 97-65 in 2008. The Seattle Mariners went from 61-101 in 2008 to 85-77 in 2009. Those teams shared a focus on defense and run prevention. And although the Boston Red Sox might not have that sort of hole out of which to climb heading into 2010, it seems clear the team has transitioned from the on-base percentage and power-heavy lineups of its recent title years to a roster focused on run prevention and defense.

During the past decade, ...

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