Justin Masterson and Other Former Boston Red Sox They Wished They Kept

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Justin Masterson and Other Former Boston Red Sox They Wished They Kept
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Justin Masterson came back to Fenway Thursday evening to beat his former teammates for the third time in four starts since being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2009 along with Bryan Price and Nick Hagadone for catcher and first baseman Victor Martinez.

Masterson was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Masterson who is 9-7 with a 2.63 ERA threw six innings allowing three runs and striking out nine while outperforming Eric Bedard in his Red Sox debut.

Boy wouldn't Masterson look good right about now in the third spot of that Sox rotation?

"He's good, and we see his best," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I'm sure he enjoys pitching against us. He's really good. The things he needed to work on when he was a young pitcher -- getting in to lefties -- he can do that now. He's not timid throwing it in, and he can elevate when he wants to. He's impressive." 

It seems like it's been tradition for the Red Sox going back for decades in letting some good players go. In the following slides you'll see my top five picks of players over the years the Red Sox let go for one reason or another that ended up going on to do great things!

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