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Kevin Youkilis moves to new corner

Infielder's versatility helped shape Boston's blockbuster offseason

Updated: February 17, 2011, 12:03 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's called OPS-plus (or OPS+), and yes, at first it may be a little intimidating, one of those egghead stats that curmudgeons disparage as cluttering up the game.

But it's actually a lot simpler than it sounds, and it is quite revealing. It just takes OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) one step further, adjusting it for park and league average. An OPS+ of 100 is an average big leaguer; anything above 125+ is considered very good.

Over the span of the ...

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