Who should start at shortstop for Boston? Lowrie or Green? This is what Red Sox fans all over the country have been asking themselves since the long awaited return of Jed Lowrie. Some want Jed, while others feel like Nick would fit the bill just fine. On top of them, Theo Epstein has been looking into acquiring a shortstop like Orlando Cabrera of the Oakland Athletics or Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Personally, I feel like Boston should go out of their way to acquire another shortstop to finish off the season with the Sox. I love the way Nick and Jed both play the game and in their own ways but truthfully, Jed still isn't ready to take the starting role and Nick's numbers offensively have declined as the season has progressed.
I have nothing against Nick Green or Jed Lowrie at all. Nothing whatsoever. I just constantly ask myself two questions."Is Jed ready? and Is Nick enough?" Obviously, anything is an upgrade over Julio "Waste of Space" Lugo who was recently designated for assignment. All in all, I don't even think manager Terry Francona knows who should start or even Theo Epstein for that matter.
Think about this. Send down Jed to Pawtucket (AAA), keep Nick as a utility infielder who can play when needed, and acquire a new shortstop (Enter Jack Wilson). In that case, Jack Wilson would fit in with the Red Sox perfectly and it would work out for the Pirates as well. Jack has no desire at all to stay with the Pirates due to his perspectives about the way the Pirates have been basically going on a "trading spree". You can tap your slippers together and repeat "I want Nomah, I want Nomah, I want Nomah" all you want, but that unfortunately will never happen. Jack Wilson is a leader and is an experienced veteran who happens to play shortstop. If he headed east to Boston, he could potentially turn his mediocre numbers into elite numbers with the snap of his fingers. Think about it. The monster in left, the fans, and the market. Need I say more? All of these things can make or break a newly acquired player for the Red Sox but my senses tell me that he would do just fine.
Of course, this is just one of the many alternatives that the Red Sox have at shortstop but it would be a great alternative. Adam Laroche was acquired today to add more depth but it appears to me that we need even more depth at shortstop. We will know in these upcoming days whether those questions asked before will be answered or not and hopefully, the front office does what is best for the team, the players, and for the fans.
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