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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Who's playing shortstop for Red Sox in 2010?


Fire Brand of the American League on the Red Sox's next shortstop: I say yes, too. Young starting pitchers who have proved they can win in the American League are worth their weight in platinum. At the moment, the Red Sox have two sure things in their rotation next season. While Buchholz is hardly a sure thing, he currently pencils in as their No. 3 or 4 starter.

Can you trade a guy like that? Sure. Just not for a guy like Stephen Drew, who never seems to come up with the same season twice. As a rookie in 2006, Drew hit the snot out of the ball after joining the big club in mid-July. In 2007, he utterly stopped hitting. In 2008, he hit. And in 2009, once again he's not hitting much (though nothing near as poorly as two seasons ago). Meanwhile, his defensive numbers were pretty awful until this season. But there's little reason to think that he's become a different sort of player. Not yet.

Drew, then, is a question mark. The Red Sox probably are stuck with a question mark at shortstop next season, whether it's incumbent Alex Gonzalez or someone else. I just don't know that it makes a great deal of sense to trade a great deal for just another question mark. Particularly a National League question mark.