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Play short in Boston, leave town

BOSTON -- It’s considered an honor to start on Opening Day, unless you’re a Red Sox shortstop. Then it becomes a ticket out of town.

Since 2003, the Red Sox have had nine Opening Day shortstops. Seven, including 2013 Opening Day starter Jose Iglesias, were traded. Two signed elsewhere as free agents. Only Julio Lugo and Marco Scutaro have started successive openers in that span.

And the haul obtained for the shortstops has been spotty, to say the least. Trading Nomar Garciaparra at the trade deadline in 2004 brought back two players who helped the team to the World Series, Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. Trading Mike Aviles brought new manager John Farrell. The Sox hope the trade of Iglesias for Jake Peavy will be a winner.

The rest? Meh.

Here’s the list.

OPENING DAY SHORTSTOPS

2013 -- Jose Iglesias, traded to the Tigers in 3-way deal for Jake Peavy

2012 -- Mike Aviles, traded to the Blue Jays for John Farrell

2010, 2011 -- Marco Scutaro, traded to the Rockies for Clayton Mortensen

2009 -- Jed Lowrie, traded to Houston for Mark Melancon

2007, 2008 -- Julio Lugo, traded to the Cardinals for Chris Duncan

2006 -- Alex Gonzalez, signed by the Reds as a free agent

2005 -- Edgar Renteria, traded to the Braves for Andy Marte

2004 -- Pokey Reese, signed by the Mariners as a free agent

2003 -- Nomar Garciaparra, traded to the Cubs in three-way deal for Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz