Dustin Pedroia, 2B
How can he improve on an MVP season? Though Pedroia raised the possibility of playing every game, it won't happen. Not with Terry Francona in charge. But there's almost no question that Pedroia became the most important position player on this team last season, for his offense, his defense, and his swagger. Just matching his numbers will be key for the Sox. Exceeding them? Don't ever doubt he's capable.
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