As Marco Scutaro pulled on his No 16 jersey today, Jed Lowrie was in Arizona getting his surgically repaired left wrist examined by his surgeon, Dr. Donald Sheridan.
The plan is for Scutaro to be the shortstop in 2010 and '11 then cede the position to Jose Iglesias, the Cuban whiz the Red Sox have fallen head over heels for. Where does this leave Lowrie?
It's up to him at this point. He can win a bench job in spring training and push for playing time. Theo Epstein chose his words carefully, saying the Sox still believe in Lowrie. But actions speak loudly in this case.
In other news:
• Scutaro said he took less money to play for Boston. "There was a team that was making a real good offer, but I can say this, I took a little less money just to come here, to have a chance to win a ring," he said.
The Sox were hoping to wait a bit and sign Scutaro to a more economical deal. But when the other team started to push, they made their move. That was reportedly the Athletics, who move in mysterious ways.
• The Sox remain very interested in bringing Jason Bay back and will meet with his agent, Joe Urbon, next week. Seattle has an interest in Bay, who lives in that area. But reports are that the Mariners are about to sign Chone Figgins to play third. Can they afford Figgins and Bay?
• The Roy Halladay drums will beat long and loud until he is traded. This is basically Johan Santana, The Sequel. A team would have to give up its best prospects to get him, especially a team in the division. Then you have have either give him a lucrative, long-term deal or risk losing him to free agency in a year. So you pay twice.
The Sox could make the move, as could the Yankees. They both looked into Santana but decided against it and that proved to be a wise move. Don't forget, the Twins wanted Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
• J.D. Drew is recovering well from surgery to clean out the AC joint in his shoulder. He should be ready for spring training.
• Mike Lowell was worked out by a team trainer this week as the Sox took stock of their players before the Winter Meetings. He seems to be doing well.