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BALTIMORE — It used to be that baseball executives were concerned about having too many young guys in a lineup.
Too much breaking-in time. Too many mistakes.
A veteran, established team can’t have young guys messing things up. No more than one young guy a year; that was the way it used to be.
But the Red Sox don’t have to be concerned about that. They’re looking to blow up conventional wisdom a year after winning the World Series.
They tried to re-sign veteran Stephen Drew, but he rejected their $14.1 million qualifying offer. That opened the door for Xander Bogaerts — the second-youngest player in baseball behind Bryce Harper — at shortstop, which meant Will Middlebrooks would start at third.
If Drew had accepted the offer, Bogaerts would be at third and Middlebrooks would have been on the bench or at Pawtucket.