The Boston Red Sox are finally starting to get on the right path and despite a slight road bump—the potential loss of Dustin Pedroia to a torn muscle in his thumb—they sit only 2.5 games back of first place in the tight AL East.
After a disastrous April, May has been somewhat pleasant and less concerning. The starting rotation is finally working itself out and the bullpen is much improved as of late as well. Even with Adrian Gonzalez being forced to the outfield due to the need to play both Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks, Boston is finding ways to win.
The potential long-term injury to Pedroia does, however, present an interesting dilemma for Boston. They've been playing Nick Punto at second base in his absence but he's not a long-term option in the field or in the lineup. Boston cannot call up talented shortstop Jose Iglesias since he's been banged up and hasn't played in a few days, according to the Providence Journal's Tim Britton.
Thinking about potential replacements at second base, one of my suggestions was to move Mike Aviles over should Boston call up Iglesias. As I just said, he's probably not coming up any time soon. So what should they do instead?
No, this isn't totally crazy. Apparently Castro is on the trading block and it will only take two impact prospects to convince the Cubs to deal him, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
If this truly is the case, Boston should jump at the opportunity.
Castro finished fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, was an All-Star last season, and has had a great start to his 2012 campaign.
Through 50 games this season, he's hitting .317/.329/.444 with 14 extra-base hits (four home runs), 22 runs, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Despite his issues in the field—which are very apparent—he would be an incredible add to the Boston lineup.
In the case that Boston somehow acquires him, they'd move Aviles to second base in the interim until Pedroia is healthy. Once Pedroia is back full-time, they can use Aviles as the utility player he was last season.
To me, this sounds like a no-brainer. Boston has several impact prospects in their minor league system so there's no reason why they can't at least make Chicago an offer.
They'd be getting a franchise shortstop so why not send Iglesias to Chicago as part of the deal? Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are both very familiar with Iglesias and his current bumps and bruises shouldn't deter them from acquiring him. Boston just needs to choose one more prospect to give the Cubs and it sounds like a done deal.
Adding Castro to the already dangerous Red Sox lineup could give them the push they need to make the playoffs this season.