While shortstop Stephen Drew remains available on the free agent market, the Red Sox have yet to name their Opening Day shortstop. Xander Bogaerts appeared in just eight regular season games at short, before supplanting Will Middlebrooks at third base in the postseason.
Some have speculated that Bogaerts (6 feet 3 inches, 185 pounds) will eventually outgrow short. Third base coach Brian Butterfield, though, has no qualms about Bogaerts’s future position.
“I love him as a shortstop,” said Butterfield, who was at Fenway Park on Saturday as part of the Christmas at Fenway event. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.