Shortstoppers

The latest insult to Pedro Ciriaco is the signing of the fragile Stephen Drew. One Drew drawing disability on the Red Sox payroll was not enough, they had to hire his brother. Yes, J.D. Drew is now only a memory, but how soon we forget! The reputation of  the Drews is that they are talented hitters and fielders when they are healthy, but how fragile that health!

I have campaigned for the elevation of Pedro Ciriaco, since his dazzling performance at Spring Training, 2012. He was a terror on the basepaths, a skilled bunter, and a clutch hitter, traits in short supply on the current Red Sox roster.  Only Ellsbury can wreak as much havoc on base, and Ellsbury cannot bunt with consistency. So there is much to like in this hustling infielder.

So his numbers tailed off in September. Who on the Red Sox was playing well in September? If there is a curse lingering on the Red Sox, it is sordid September, the month of disappointments.  Lift this curse and everyone will be playing better.

If there is a hesitation about Ciriaco, it is his work in the field.  The Red Sox have a perfect late-inning replacement with Jose Iglesias, who needs some seasoning as a hitter.  Both players could feed on each other’s strengths if they played together. Why the Red Sox will not trust Ciriaco as a starting position player mystifies me.

If the Sox let Ciriaco go, they will live to regret it. He will come back to torment their catchers stealing bases and bedevil their third baseman with his bunts. Give this young man a job!  He is an offensive weapon that is scarce on this team. Let him play!

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