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Masterstroke all part of Sox master plan

On the verge of landing Gonzalez as a centerpiece, Theo's dream becoming reality

Updated: December 5, 2010, 12:21 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There is no mercy rule in baseball. Time and again, the Boston Red Sox have exploited that truth. Acquiring slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who will mean to the Sox in the coming decade what Manny Ramirez did in the last, is only the most recent example of Boston's bloodless capacity to prey on the weakness of others.

The Montreal Expos could not afford to keep Pedro Martinez. The Cleveland Indians could not stack their dollars high enough to keep Ramirez. ...

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