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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sox don't fare well in ESPN's Top 500


ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts and contributors to rank the top 500 players in baseball based on how they'll perform in 2013. Quite frankly, the Red Sox did not fare well.

Dustin Pedroia was the top-ranked member of the Sox at No. 42. Pedroia is followed by Jon Lester (No. 62), Jacoby Ellsbury (No. 65) and David Ortiz (No. 76).

Further, of the 20 Red Sox players on the list, 13 -- including the top five -- fell in the rankings, this coming off a 69-win season. (Of course, they didn't include Jackie Bradley Jr., so Sox fans have that going for them.)

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The countdown ends March 28 with a special edition of "Baseball Tonight" at 10 p.m. ET.

To compile the top 500, 34 ESPN experts, who were polled in the final two weeks of February, started with a list of more than 600 players. Using a 0-to-100 scale, they evaluated the players based only on how well they will perform in 2013. Ages are listed as of July 1, 2013.