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  • December 2nd, 2009

    December 2, 2009:
    Dustin Pedroia–Shortstop?????

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:47 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! Could this really happen? Could Dustin Pedroia slide over the shortstop, filling the gap and stopping the revolving door that has been that position since Nomar left? If you ask Pedroia, the answer is a resounding “yes!”: “They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop. They’ve put it out there, and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for [Tito] to call me and ask, ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.”

    Of course, the Sox are very happy with their 2nd baseman, and this is, I am sure, only one of many options they will explore as the off season progresses…

    While it would be way cool–and it would certainly be nice to have a shortstop that may be able to knock “Captain Tang” (Thanks Quinn!) off his (undeserved) SS pedestal–what the heck will the Sox do at 2nd base??

    It was not that long ago that the 2nd base position was a revolving door of players, Mark Bellhorn, Mark Loretta, et al…It’s only been since Pedroia has taken over that there has been any consistency at the position.

    Obviously, he can only play one position–so the question is: What position can the Sox get a player for????

    And can I just tell you how nauseous it makes me that the Sox will be paying Sir Julio the Useless $10 million to be useless somewhere else? But hey, at least he is not causing pain and suffering to Red Sox Nation anymore…

    Not that anyone can blame him, but Roy Halladay has stated that if a deal to trade him somewhere is not done by the beginning of Spring Training, there will not be a deal. To avert the whole sh*t storm that was the midseason trade deadline in 2009, if a deal is not done by Pitchers and Catchers, he will play his final year of his contract for the Blue Jays in 2010, and would veto any in-season trading, with his full non-trade clause, which is part of his current contract…

    And rumor has it his short list includes the Sox, the Skanks, the Phillies, the Angels and the Dodgers–teams having a legitimate chance of getting to the World Series…

    Changing his mind–AGAIN–All that brouhaha about Billy Wagner quitting baseball forever, or being willing to pitch for the Sox in a non-closer role, are all moot now—as he signed a $7 million/1 year deal with Atlanta. The deal also includes a $6.5 million vesting option for 2011, which becomes guaranteed if his closes 50 games in 2010.

    And, since the Sox had offered Wagner arbitration, once the deal is finalized (pending a good outcome to his physical) the Sox will get a 1st round pick, as well as a supplemental pick (no, I don’t know what that means either…) Thanks Billy!

    Also offered arbitration yesterday was Jason Bay–no surprised there… The remaining 3 eligible: Rocco Baldelli, Paul Byrd and Chris Woodward were not, mainly because they are no ranked free agents, and there is no incentive to do so….

    Coming up: The Annual “Christmas at Fenway”, next Saturday the 12th, where a limited amount of tickets for the 2010 season will go on sale, both at the event, by phone and on-line.

    And then, if you come back to Fenway on Sunday the 13th, you can check out the “Great Fenway Park Yardsale”, which will offer, for sale, “Red Sox memorabilia, collectibles and souvenirs. The selection of items will include physical parts of the ballpark such as Fenway Park bricks and signage along with other items such as game-worn memorabilia, game programs and other miscellaneous items.”

    Both events are by lottery only, and you need to sign up at Red Sox.com–the deadline is Monday the 7th….

    Gee, I didn’t know the team needed to have a yard sale–maybe it’s to raise money for Halladay or Holliday, or one of the Adrians or something…

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