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Gordon Edes' interactive Red Sox report card

Check out our expert's season-ending grades, then share yours for each player on the 2010 team

Updated: October 4, 2010, 2:56 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Here are season-ending grades for Red Sox players and members of management plus your chance to evaluate each one. Agree or disagree with my grades? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Position players

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF

Edes: Broken ribs, lost season. Grade: Incomplete

Marco Scutaro, SS

Edes: Played hurt all season; it showed. Grade: C+

Victor Martinez, C

Edes: Offense stellar, but teams ran at will. Grade: B

Adrian Beltre, 3B

Edes: Sox MVP one tough hombre. Grade: A

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Edes: He'll always have Coors Field. Grade: A

Kevin Youkilis, 1B

Edes: Was having MVP-worthy season 'til hurt. Grade: A

David Ortiz, DH

Edes: Squashed talk he was done ... but bedeviled by lefties. Grade: B

J.D. Drew, OF

Edes: Late surge masks off year for right fielder. Grade: C

Bill Hall, OF/IF

Edes: Most HRs ever for Sox part-timer; tons of K's. Grade: B-

Mike Lowell, 1B/3B

Edes: Awkward situation ends with fond farewell. Grade: C-

Darnell McDonald, OF

Edes: Minor league lifer gave all he's got. Grade: B-

Jason Varitek, C

Edes: Classy transition; he'll play somewhere in '11. Grade: C

Jed Lowrie, SS

Edes: When healthy, showed flashes of potential. Grade: C+

Mike Cameron, OF

Edes: Gallantry didn't translate into results. Grade: C

Ryan Kalish, OF

Edes: Attitude and athleticism bode well for future. Grade: C+

Daniel Nava, OF

Edes: One shining moment ... his first at-bat. Grade: C-

Eric Patterson, OF

Edes: Little impact in bit role. Grade: C-

Kevin Cash, C

Edes: Part-timer didn't drive in a single run. Grade: D-

Starting pitchers

Jon Lester, SP

Edes: Slow start may have cost him the Cy Young. Grade: A-

Josh Beckett, SP

Edes: Never bounced back from back problems. Grade: D+

Clay Buchholz, SP

Edes: Only stumble came on base paths. Grade: A

John Lackey, SP

Edes: Didn't come close to justifying his steep price tag. Grade: C

Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP

Edes: May be time for change of scenery. Grade: C-

Tim Wakefield, SP/RP

Edes: Tough year in all ways for elder statesman. Grade: C-

Relief pitchers

Jonathan Papelbon, RP

Edes: 4-plus ERA, 8 blown saves tarnish 37 saves. Grade: C+

Daniel Bard, RP

Edes: As good a setup man as there was in AL. Grade: A-

Hideki Okajima, RP

Edes: Sox bullpen caved when he did. Grade: C-

Scott Atchison, RP

Edes: Forced out of role best suited for. Grade: C+

Management

Theo Epstein, GM

Edes: Beltre a coup, bullpen a bust. Grade: B-

Terry Francona, Manager

Edes: His most challenging season. Grade: A-

John Farrell, Pitching Coach

Edes: Star pupils Buchholz, Lester, Bard shine. Grade: B


Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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