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Boston Red Sox: Five Most ‘Valuable’ Players

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Five Most ‘Valuable’ Boston Red Sox Players

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In 2012, the New York Yankees paid, third baseman, Alex Rodriguez $29 million, which was good for 13.38 percent of the entire Yankees payroll. The third baseman is the highest paid baseball player in Major League Baseball, but only accounted for 4.26 percent of the Yankees on-field performance.

Of course across the MLB, their are many players that are overpaid, as well as other who are extremely underpaid. In addition, players who are under team control due to the number of years they have spent on the major league roster, and are paid the league minimum. Rodriguez isn’t the only example, but a big example of how the amount of money a player makes doesn’t always equal their performance.

The amount of money a player makes is most of the time effected by the market, year and players on-field value. The Boston Red Sox traded away $250.8 million in salary to the Los Angeles Dodgers, deciding that the signing’s of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford weren’t what was best for the organization. The value of their contracts weren’t worth how they performed on and off the field.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone like Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is worth well over what he is being payed during the 2013 season. Trout will be paid $500,000 this season and is arguably one of the best in the MLB.

Now that the Red Sox have only a few players deemed to be overpaid, who are the Red Sox most valuable players, in terms of ‘best bang for their buck’?

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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Felix Doubront (LHP)

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Felix Doubront was signed as an international free agent by the Boston Red Sox. After spending six seasons in the Red Sox farm system, the left-handed pitcher made his debut on June 18, 2010.

Last season was Doubront’s first full season in the Red Sox rotation. The 25-year-old posted a 11-10 record with a 4.86 ERA, a 1.447 WHIP and 167 strike outs over 161 innings. The left-hander was a welcomed addition to the Red Sox starting rotation.

Although Doubront is not an all-star caliber pitcher, he adds value to the Red Sox rotation, being left-handed and striking out more than a batter per inning. In 2013, the starter will make less than $500,000 and will have more value then some other starters who make a considerable amount more.

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Clay Buchholz (RHP)

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Clay Buchholz is the Boston Red Sox number two starter this season. He has improved every season he has donned a Red Sox uniform.

At $5.5 million this season, Buchholz should pitch at a $10 plus million level. There are teams in Major League Baseball, who have a number two starter being paid over $20 million. For the Red Sox, they have a starter that will out perform his contract.

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Mike Napoli (1B)

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The Boston Red Sox had an agreement with Mike Napoli, on a three-year deal worth $39 million. After failing his physical with the team, Napoli had to come to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $5 million.

If Napoli can stay healthy, he will be well worth the $5 million. The smaller contract makes him worth the money and can potentially be the most valuable Red Sox player in 2013.

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Dustin Pedroia (2B)

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Dustin Pedroia is one of the top second baseman in Major League Baseball. Although he will be paid $10 million in 2013, his on-field abilities are worth well more than his pay.

In addition to his on-field ability, the former AL MVP is a leader in the clubhouse. The $10 million pays for both on-field and off-field skills, not something all major league players have.

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Will Middlebrooks (3B)

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The Boston Red Sox called up Will Middlebrooks last season and he made his mark on the the major leagues, before going down with an injury. The third baseman will be with the big club from day one in 2013.

Middlebrooks is the best value on the Red Sox right now, his league minimum salary mixed with his outstanding ability is something every big league club loves. Every cent paid to the 24-year-old will be worth it.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.