The news that Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox have discussed having the Gold Glove second baseman to shortstop isn’t exactly a breaking story. Our man Chad Finn mentioned it on his Extra Bases blog a couple of days ago:
“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.”
Let’s be honest here, folks. The Red Sox need hitters and, at the moment, they need more than one. Finding a second baseman who can hit 10-15 homers and knock in 65 runs isn’t going to do the trick. Somewhere between now and Opening Day 2010 or 2011 – anyone else think this going to be a rebuilding year? – the Sox need to find a legitimate, middle-of-the order bat like Miguel Cabrera or Adrian Gonzalez, and that is in addition to resolving their current issue in left field, be it with Jason Bay or Matt Holliday.