Well-stocked at short

Originally Published: November 30, 2004
By Jim Callis | Baseball America
As you may have heard, the Red Sox won the first World Series championship for the franchise since 1918. Making that championship even sweeter, they pulled off an unprecedented comeback against the team they and their fans love to hate, the Yankees.

More than they may like to admit, the Red Sox were similar to the franchise team president Larry Lucchino dubbed the Evil Empire. New York had by far the highest payroll in the game at $190 million, but Boston came in second at $130 million. Both clubs had to rely on their wallets and not their farm systems to build winners. The Red Sox signed and fully developed only one player who was on their postseason roster for all three series: right fielder Trot Nixon, a 1993 first-round pick.