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BOSTON, MA: Scott Podsednik #26 of the Boston Red Sox leaps at the third base foul line to make a catch against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA: Scott Podsednik #26 of the Boston Red Sox leaps at the third base foul line to make a catch against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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If that title isn't the most unlikely bunch of baseball players ever.

The massive trade is less than a week old and there are as many questions unanswered as answered. In that vein, what will the 2013 Red Sox, a team with some unanticipated holes, look like? Actually, maybe not too much different than the 2012 version. (Paul Swydan; Fan Graphs)

Ben Cherington did an admirable job of cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor. Destruction is one thing, but construction is another. Now we have to see how he builds the team. (Steven Goldman; Baseball Nation)

Seven thoughts on the Mega-Trade. (Matthew Kory; Baseball Prospectus ($))

The latest OTM Podcast will be up later this morning wherein Marc and I will address the Mega-Trade head on. But, if you can't wait that long, the always excellent Effectively Wild Podcast (BP's daily pod) with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller gives you their (decidedly shorter) take on the deal. (Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller; Baseball Prospectus)

Remember how bad Drake Britton's 2011 was? This year has been much better. (Jon Meoli; Sox Prospects)

The Dodgers are nuts. (Jonah Keri; Grantland.com)

Can Roger Clemens come back at age 50? Well... yes? (Emma Span; Sports on Earth)

Not only did they clear serious payroll, but the Red Sox got some good talent back in return in Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. Here's a closer look at those two pitchers. (Mike Newman; Fan Graphs)

Are baseball announcers prejudiced? Yes! No! Maybe! (Adam Felder and Seth Amitin; The Atlantic)

How do you evaluate a trade like this? Well, you can't, really. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)

The Gulf Coast League Red Sox are the World Champions!!! Of the Gulf Coast League...! (Jim Crowell; Sox Prospects)

Finally, if Josh Beckett thought the media would be easier to deal with out in L.A., well, he hadn't yet met T.J. Simers. He has now met T.J. Simers. (Rob Bradford; WEEI.com)