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One of the biggest questions that faced the Red Sox was the shortstop situation. Were they going to stick with Jose Iglesias? Sign a free agent? Eventually, the Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to a one-year deal worth $9 million, which signals that the Red Sox are likely sending Iglesias back to Pawtucket.
The Red Sox made a good choice to not stick with Iglesias at shortstop, but also made a mistake signing Drew to be the Sox shortstop. The Red Sox should have instead looked within the major league roster and kept Pedro Ciriaco at shortstop.
The 2012 season was a gloomy year for the Red Sox, but they had a few bright spots, like Ciriaco. The former Pirate hit .293 with 2 home runs 19 RBIs and .315 OBP. He also chipped in with 16 stolen bases.
Since his debut in 2010 (8 games), Ciriaco has played more and more, finding a niche role with the Sox last season, playing in 76 games. In each of his three seasons, he has had an average above .290. At 27, it’s safe to say Ciriaco is entering his prime years.
Considering the Red Sox did sign Drew, he is the likely start. But if the Sox actually took a harder look at Ciriaco, the team would have saved some money.