Those poor Red Sox. They came in second to the Yankees again. That should make their complexes, well, a little bit more complex.
While teams across the league are trying to make trade moves to bolster up their rosters for next season, the Boston Red Sox are making moves of another kind. Instead of moving their players to other cities, they’re moving their players to other positions.
Case in point, Dustin Pedroia.
According to my favorite ESPN columnist Peter Gammons, the Sox have asked him if he thinks he can play shortstop for them next season. Pedroia thinks:
…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.
We get it, Dusty. You can do it. Good for you.
So what does this mean for second base? Could the Sox be targeting Orlando Hudson? Are they contemplating a trade for a secondbaseman?
Gammons seems to think they could be targeting another shortstop, maybe Brandon Phillips, but want to make sure if they cannot land one, they have Pedroia ready to play the position next season.
Pedroia is a veteran at the position. He’s played it in college and when he was signed in 2004.
Of course this article cannot be over without some Yankee-Sox rivalry comment from a Sox player. Pedroia sent out a message to beloved Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter:
Tell Derek [Jeter] to enjoy the gold glove and silver slugger awards while he can.
Ha! Slow down. You have to play first. Put your glove where your mouth is.