In response to S5's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
Frankly, I think Iglesias' glove has been fetishized a bit. Yes, beautiful (I don't use that term lightly) hands, footwork, coordination. Nice range (not amazing, just nice). Good arm. Not great, good. I get the desire for a great shortstop. Its the best, and arguably most crucial, position in baseball. It is a joy to watch someone who is so deft at it.
Much of what makes the game interesting, and what we argue endlessly over on this board, is that, despite the metrics and diagnostic tools that have developed around the game, there is still much mystery and and so many angles to the prisms of performance.
In this respect, I don't see him through the side of the prism that others do. I see a developing defensive whiz. But not the second coming of Ozzie Smith. I get the sense that, with all the hype around the kid, many people made up their mind about his SS-Godliness long before they ever saw him actually play. From what I have seen, I think he is really good defensively. But that prowess did not blind me from the fact that stephen Drew played a really nice SS last year. From my subjective standpoint, I am not sure I have ever seen a smoother, more intuitive doubleplay combo in Sox unis than Drew and Pedey. And he made some real clutch plays in the post season (and, converesely, young Iglesias made some decidedly uncluth plays). And FWIW, though I haven't seen him play much SS, Boegarts played a pretty nice 3B, an unfamiliar position for him. Gotta think the nice reflexes, good hands, and cannon carry over to SS too if that is where the Sox are going.
I don't discount the importance of a great shortstop, but in observation, I just think Iglesias has been overvalued by many.
Ya know... in spite of being one of Iggy's biggest supporters, I agree with this post. He may not be the next coming of Ozzie Smith - but on the other hand he might be too. Sooner or later someone will be and why not him? He has all the tools. But even being mentioned in the same breath as Ozzie says a lot about him.
If he were currently on the Red Sox he'd be the best defensive SS on the team, and I'd want to be darn sure he's NOT the next Ozzie before I'd have traded him. Given the fact that the FO knew they were going to need a SS next year I see that trade as being shortsighted.
But, they don't NEED another SS this year.
They have one, in Bogaerts.