Re: So Long for now, IGGY......
posted at 4/9/2013 12:48 PM EDT
I think most of us will agree Iglesias has shown he belongs and is almost certainly the SS of the future. The only question is when that future begins. Some want it to have begun a week ago. Others are a tad more patient, especially given the very small sample of Iglesias's undeniable hitting success in the first 7 games. Drew has demonstrated his ability over several seasons.
I personally would like Iglesias to stay because I love watching a great fielding SS, but I can live with Drew taking over and Iglesias going back to Pawtucket so he can play every day.
Peter Abraham, writing about Bradley not Iglesias, made a different point. Given the disappointments of both 2011 and 2012, the sold out streak is about to end and some of the Sox faithful need to be won over. In that context Bradley as the new face just might help sell tickets and boost TV ratings. Iglesias, not quite so much because he played a lot last fall.
The other consideration is that 5-2 record so far. softlaw keeps saying it's because of Bradley and Iglesias and almost no one else, and that's silly. Besides, we saw the Sox win big yesterday without Bradley in LF but with Nava there. Fielding is great, but you gotta have the hitting.
That said, however, SS is definitely a position that, when defended superbly as has been the case with Iglesias, can make the pitchers more comfortable. Right now Middlebrooks, Iglesias, and Pedroia have to be the best 3B/SS/2B combo on the same team in MLB, and Iglesias is easily the best of the three. The Sox pitching is benefitting from those three and all that speed in the outfield.
Last year the Sox had the same problem with Youk vs. Middlebrooks and ended up trading away Youk and paying a big chunk of his salary. As it turned out, it was not a good move even though Middlebrooks was in fact the right guy to keep at 3B. What happened, however, is that all three positions--1B, 3B, and DH--where Youk could play suffered injuries or were traded by mid-July, roughly two months I think after Youk went to the White Sox. In the offseason the Sox, having dumped AGon, had to get a catcher to play 1B, a position where Youk only won a gold glove.
So, as much as I want to keep Iglesias right where he is, I do see the value of keeping both players for now and sending Iglesias back to Pawtucket. Remember, Drew only has a one year contract, so clearly the Sox think Iglesias is the answer long term.