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What are the Red Sox planning at shortstop?

Nov 17, 2009, 1:26 PM EDT

By declining Alex Gonzalez’s option for next season the Red Sox moved Jed Lowrie back atop their shortstop depth chart for now, but Peter Gammons of ESPN.com reports that “it is clear they want Lowrie to play at Pawtucket, make up for what amounts to a lost season, and prove that his wrist will hold up.”
Gammons speculates that the Red Sox could look to re-sign Gonzalez for less than the $6 million option, go after another low-cost, short-term veteran like Omar Vizquel, or perhaps make a serious run at free agent Marco Scutaro, although his Type A status would cost them a first-round draft pick.
Prior to his wrist injury Lowrie had emerged as the Red Sox’s starting shortstop after hitting .258/.339/.400 with good defense as a 24-year-old rookie in 2008, but he appeared in just 32 games this season while batting .147. Counting on him to be the full-time starter again in 2010 is perhaps more of a risk than the Red Sox are willing to take, but clearly if he’s healthy Lowrie won’t be at Triple-A or on the bench for long.
All of which makes me think that they’ll go short term (Gonzalez, Vizquel, etc.) rather than make a multi-year commitment to someone like Scutaro. Of course, if reports about the Red Sox’s interest in J.J. Hardy are accurate they were certainly willing to make a multi-year commitment to him at shortstop. Boston reportedly offered Michael Bowden to Milwaukee in exchange for Hardy, but balked when the counteroffer was Clay Buchholz or Daniel Bard. Hardy ended up being dealt to Minnesota for Carlos Gomez.

  1. bobmac - Nov 17, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    ZZZZZZZZZ

  2. Cru11 - Nov 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Please just tell Lowrie and his limp wrists to stay in the minors and save everyone alot of heartache. I’d like to see Scutaro or Vizquel fill the position.

  3. John - Nov 17, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    I have been told for years that according to Boston stats Derek Jeter is statistically the worsy SS in AL . Well, he will be the Yanks SS for years while they wallow hoping to find a Nomar replacement and the sox will go thru 20 players before DJ retires with god knows how many WS titles!!!!!

  4. peteinfla - Nov 17, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    I’m not a Red Sox fan, but I do respect Theo Epstein, and gotta believe he comes with a better option. Gonzalez, good defense, but no offense. Vizquel, again good defense, but really, he’s pushing 43, not really an age for full time play, and not an offensive force at all. Lowrie, who knows. Injury prone so far, not proved he can handle full time play. Maybe he has some upside, but from what I’ve seen, he’s average defensivley, no real power or speed. I think the most likely solution is Miguel Tejada for a year or two until they can develop or aquire a long term solution. He may have lost a step defensivly, but he is still adequate, and he can still hit. But what do I know, I’m a Yankee fan.

  5. CommonNow - Nov 18, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Needing to up your “clicks” I assume… Please write an article which says something more than the Bosox need a shortstop. What a waste of time

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