Monday, December 17, 2012
What does Drew deal mean for Iglesias?
ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes writes on the Red Sox striking a one-year deal with shortstop Stephen Drew and what that means for the team's future at the position:
Until Drew was signed, the question was whether Iglesias' unmatched defense -- "There isn't a better shortstop in the game -- at any level," one Sox talent evaluator said in Nashville -- would offset the minimal contributions he would make with his bat. That debate has now been set aside, though it raises other questions.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, the consensus top prospect in the Sox organization, has already advanced to Double-A, with a bat that projects as All-Star quality in the big leagues. With the 20-year-old Bogaerts in the wings, will Iglesias ever be an everyday shortstop for the Red Sox, who bet big on him when they signed him out of Cuba, giving him a $6 million signing bonus as part of a four-year, $8.25 million deal? Or is it more likely that he becomes a trading chip before he ever realizes that ambition?
Your turn: What should the Red Sox do with Jose Iglesias? Do you still see him as the shortstop of the future or has he been eclipsed in by Xander Bogaerts? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments section.