Boston Red Sox 2011 Roster Losses: Where Are Those 23 Players Now?

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Boston Red Sox 2011 Roster Losses: Where Are Those 23 Players Now?
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Press confere4nce introducing the new Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon

Roster turnover is one of the inevitables of Major League Baseball, especially in these days of free agency and the luxury tax.

The most visible departures from the 2011 Red Sox roster are probably the retirements of Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. Then of course there is Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a lucrative free agent deal with the Phillies.

Josh Reddick went to Oakland in the Andrew Bailey trade, Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland went to Houston in exchange for Mark Melancon, and Marco Scutaro left in the puzzling salary dump deal with the Rockies.

But what most of us may not know is that at least 16 other players no longer with the Red Sox organization who either appeared on Boston or some other team's major league roster during the 2011 season. That makes 23 players!

How quickly we forget!

P.S. For you nostalgia buffs, the Indians have signed Julio Lugo, and the Cardinals signed Alex Cora.

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