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Marginal change might be enough

How much better will the Red Sox be with A-Rod and Magglio Ordonez? Not as much as you might think.

Originally Published: December 19, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

What would the addition of Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox lineup have accomplished in 2004?

Aside from irritating George Steinbrenner -- which, granted, is a worthy goal in itself -- not a whole lot. Why not? Because replacing Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez with Alex Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez is essentially a wash.

Not precisely a wash. Crunch all the numbers, and you might expect the Red Sox to win a couple of extra games with Rodriguez and Ordonez in the lineup. But ...

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