Pedroia Might Play SS in 2010
- Updated: December 2, 2009
The Sox second half SS, Alex Gonzalez recently signed with the rival Toronto Blue Jays. Also, the organization is uncertain about the ability of Jed Lowrie to play everyday in 2010 after his injury woes. That leaves the Red Sox brass with a choice to make! Do they sign a free agent SS, make a trade or return Pedroia to his natural position (SS) while they see about the durability of Lowrie?
If it were up to me, I’d put Pedroia at SS in a heartbeat!
“They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” Pedroia says. “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.”
When he was asked why Boston moved him from SS to 2B after seeing him play SS in spring training in 2006, this is what he had to say…
“Look,” Pedroia says, “I was 20 pounds heavier. I tried to get big and it was a disaster. I know it. It’s all about quickness, agility and flexibility, and I know it.”
“When the idea of moving back to shortstop was floated to me, I welcomed it,” Pedroia says. “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.”
If they do move Pedroia, it was said by Gammons that they could potentially look at free agent 2B Orlando Hudson (a gold glover) or via a trade with the Reds for 2B and 20/20 threat Brandon Phillips (which would be my favorite choice). Phillips is an interesting option as he use to play SS as well so he might give them more options if he can be had.
Unfortunately, The Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo, in his article Sox will exhaust shortstop options before Pedroia states that the Red Sox will exhaust all of their options via Free Agency and Trade before moving Pedrioa back to the position in which they drafted him (Hat tip to Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors).
What do you think the Red Sox should do at SS?