In response to moonslav59's comment:
For arguments sake if Iggy does save 100 hits in 150 games next year, how much higher than .200 does he have to hit to call it even?
To oversimplify things, if you add 100 hits to a .200 hitter (100 H/ 500 AB), he's now hitting .400 (200 for 500). Would you accept that on offense from a below average fielding SS?
if he was the only option then yes. but how many hits will ciriaco (or some other outside SS) save? while giving more offensive production than iggy. in a vacuum, i would go with iggy. but i have to consider the other options for the position. we can all agree ciriaco (im going with ciriaco because he is the only other SS on the roster at this point) is a better hitter than iggy. we can also agree that iggy is a better fielder than ciriaco. So does iggys improved defense outweigh ciriacos improved offense? in my mind its a wash (or close to). So do you go with youth and hope the offense improves? or do you go with the underdog story and hope ciriaco is a late bloomer and finally found a home in boston? i'm a sucker for the underdog :)