Last week, the Red Sox made the inevitable decision that most fans disapproved of. The team sent 23-year-old Jose Iglesias back down to the minor leagues in order to activate shortstop Stephen Drew from the 7-day disabled list as the veteran returns from a concussion.
In six games with the Red Sox, Iglesias had shown off his abilities to the extreme, hitting .450 (9-20) while playing extraordinary defense. Despite his hot start, which was essentially perfect, the team knew that Drew was the 2013 starting shortstop to begin the year.
Boston signed Drew this offseason to a one-year deal worth $9.5 million, a large investment for a man to lose a starting job to a 23-year-old. And whether it be by simple association with older brother J.D., or the great start Iglesias gave the team, fans largely may have preferred to leave Drew on the bench. However, a closer look at the situation shows why Drew belongs at shortstop, as well as why Iglesias hasn’t proven anything offensively quite yet. Continue reading Red Sox Correct to Send Jose Iglesias to Triple-A »