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Jul 4, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Members of the Air Force Reserve stand on the field in front of the flag during pre-game ceremonies for the 4th of July prior to the game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox have made several decisions in the last five years that have resulted in mixed reviews on just how they have impacted the team. Some are the result of trades, projecting minor league talent and signing or not signing free agents.

As Dear Abby would say over significant other discord: ” Are you better off with or without him (her)?” Apply that to Boston.

This is an examination of positional players with a comparison to what could have been and what is now on the field. The statistical comparison is for this season and not for the collective years a player has departed Boston. Just who has the edge? Which player has performed equal, exceeded or less than his current Boston counterpart? Again, times can change and a bust one season can be spectacular the next.

And, yes, some of the selections can be, well – selective. And some such as first base and RF have been altered considerably.