Re: What to do at SS?
posted at 12/8/2013 6:11 PM EST
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to patrickford's comment:
Ben clearly sees Boegarts as the SS. That was made clear with the trade for Peavy.
Boegarts has done nothing to discourage the idea. He got some pressure situation starts at SS and did not look like a deer in the headlights in the field or at the plate. It's been said before. IF he can play SS you maximize his value by playing him at SS.
I think Ben has decided he can do it.
For me, Bogaerts is not the question mark. Rather, Middlebrooks being able to handle the full time job at 3B is. It's probably a moot point because Drew will almost surely get a 3 or 4 year deal, but I think bringing back Drew for 1 or 2 years makes sense.
I prefer the experience and veteran presense of Drew at SS with Bogaerts at 3B over having two young and relatively inexperienced players on the left side of the infield. By the time Drew's short contract expires, Bogaerts will have more experience and hopefully Marrero or Cecchini will be ready to take over at SS or 3B, and Bogaerts can man the other position.
You dont move young players all around. they dont develop that way. Xander will remain at SS for the forseeable future from what the organizations says. I doubt Drew comes back. Middy also should start at 3b. I got a feeling about him this year. call it a baseball hunch.
You're right about the development of young players. Xander probably should start the season as the Sox SS.
As for Middlebrooks, I don't share your "hunch". I hope you are right. He lacks adjustments to pitchers patterns and has slow reaction time at 3rd. He's young enough so with work and proper instructions he could be what they thought they had a year ago.
I haven't forgotten that Boggs was a below average defender and turned himself into a GG 3rd. baseman.
Including Middlebrooks in a trade wouldn't break my heart. That said the return would have been greater last winter.