Dustin Pedroia has made his name in the major leagues as a second baseman, winning a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger award, and a Most Valuable Player award at the position.
But the Red Sox, with Alex Gonzalez’s departure to Toronto, currently need a shortstop. And according to a report by ESPN’s Peter Gammons, the Red Sox have approached Pedroia with the possibility of making the switch.
And the 2008 American League Most Valuable Player is all for it.
“They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” Pedroia told Gammons. “They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for Tito [Terry Francona] to call me and ask, ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.”
Pedroia played shortstop at Arizona State and began his career in the Red Sox organization at the position before moving to second base when he was paired with Hanley Ramirez at Double A Portland in 2005.
However, a baseball source with knowledge of the situation told the Globe’s Tony Massarotti that moving Pedroia is a “remote” possibility, but the club has not ruled it out.
Gammons suggests that the move would like only be temporary, with the Sox acquiring someone such as free agent Orlando Hudson or the Reds’ Brandon Phillips to hold down second base for a year or two. The Red Sox consider prospect Jose Iglesias the shortstop of the future, but he is just 19 and probably requires a couple years of seasoning.
“When the idea of moving back to shortstop was floated to me, I welcomed it,” Pedroia told Gammons. “I’m excited. Tell Derek (Jeter) to enjoy the gold glove and silver slugger awards while he can. Obviously, I’m not serious about the fun I have with Derek, but I’m never stopping believing in the goal. I believe I can play shortstop and help get the Red Sox back where they belong.”