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Potential Boston Red Sox Award Candidates

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COMMENTARY | Baseball loves its numbers. And with numbers come awards. While the Boston Red Sox may not have any serious contenders for the MVP or Cy Young on paper, it doesn't mean they don't have chances.

Here's a look at some of the candidates:

Rookie of the Year

Jackie Bradley Jr. - He has been one of the biggest, if not the biggest story in spring training for Boston. The 22-year-old has been electric, hitting .444, with a OBP of .523. He also leads the team with 24 hits, 10 runs and 11 RBIs. Bradley also has two HRs, including one off Cliff Lee. Bradley is also known for his glove, which should help his award resume.

Outlook - Whether Bradley starts in Boston or not, there's no question he will be playing a significant portion of the year in the big leagues. He may not be a five-tool player, but Bradley still has the skills to be a very productive everyday player.

Probability - High

Jose Iglesias - This will be his third year of service in the major leagues, but he is still considered a rookie. Iglesias doesn't have the service time or plate appearances to change his status. With Stephen Drew still coming back from a concussion, Iglesias will get an opportunity to play every day. He has hit respectably (.276 BA) in the spring, even popping a HR.

Outlook - Iglesias will continue to wow everyone with his glove. He is one of the flashiest defensive players the Red Sox have had in a long time. His bat is the obvious question. Playing time will also be a factor. If Iglesias struggles to hit, Pedro Ciriaco could get more at-bats. And when Drew is healthy, Iglesias may be relegated back to the bench.

Probability - Low

Cy Young

Jon Lester - The former candidate has had a rough few years. Lester has actually been on the downside ever since 2010 when he finished fourth in the Cy Young voting. However, he has been phenomenal this spring. Lester has allowed just two earned runs in 20 innings pitched. He has also struck out 16 while pitching to an outstanding .50 WHIP.

Outlook - Lester will be looked upon to be Boston's outright No. 1 pitcher, a spot that is accompanied by plenty of pressure. If Lester can continue his exceptional control and command from spring, it could be a nice renaissance season for him. However, to be a Cy Young candidate after a tough season and a half is asking quite a bit.

Probability - Low

Clay Buchholz - Like Lester, Buchholz was a serious Cy Young candidate just a few seasons back, finishing sixth in 2010. Since then numerous injuries and inconsistency have derailed Buchholz. The right-hander is looking for much better success in 2013. Buchholz has done well in March, allowing just two runs in 18-plus innings of work. He has virtually been unhittable.

Outlook - While Buchholz has been a Cy Yong candidate, he will always have a handicap considering he isn't a 200-innings-a-year pitcher. However, he is a strong competitor, and if healthy, could be in a for an impressive season with Boston. Like Lester, though, it's difficult to see him in the mix for the Cy Young.

Probability - Low

Most Valuable Player

Dustin Pedroia - The second basemen always has to be considered since he was the 2008 MVP. According to his standards, Pedroia is coming off a pedestrian season. It will be interesting to see where John Farrell likes him in the lineup. Pedroia may be hitting third to start the season, which should give him plenty of opportunities to drive in more runs. He also has decent producers behind him that will help his runs scored.

Outlook - Pedroia may not put up the flashiest numbers, but his value is hard to quantify. His numbers will be very good, his glove will be solid, and his value to this team will once again be unmeasured. The big question will be if his resume will stack up against the AL's best.

Probability - Low

Jacoby Ellsbury - The 2011 MVP runner-up has a clean bill of health entering the season. Ellsbury had a slow start to the spring but seems to be coming around at just the right time. Ellsbury will be expected to leadoff, and he could be looking at a solid run total considering the talent behind him.

Outlook - Considering it's a contact year, Ellsbury will certainly be motivated to have an outstanding season. He also has a bit of a chip on his shoulder after an injury-plagued 2012. If Ellsbury puts up a year like he did in 2011, he will be on the shortlist. However, it's hard to know how likely that may be.

Probability - Low to medium

Chris Sedenka is a Yahoo! Contributor in Sports covering the Boston Red Sox.You can listen to his daily radio show on 96.3FM in Portland, ME or at He is also the voice of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.

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