BOSTON -- It’s considered an honor to start on Opening Day, unless you’re a Red Sox shortstop. Then it becomes a ticket out of town.
Since 2003, the Red Sox have had nine Opening Day shortstops. Seven, including 2013 Opening Day starter Jose Iglesias, were traded. Two signed elsewhere as free agents. Only Julio Lugo and Marco Scutaro have started successive openers in that span.
And the haul obtained for the shortstops has been spotty, to say the least. Trading Nomar Garciaparra at the trade deadline in 2004 brought back two players who helped the team to the World Series, Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. Trading Mike Aviles brought new manager John Farrell. The Sox hope the trade of Iglesias for Jake Peavy will be a winner.
The rest? Meh.
Here’s the list.
OPENING DAY SHORTSTOPS
2013 -- Jose Iglesias, traded to the Tigers in 3-way deal for Jake Peavy
2012 -- Mike Aviles, traded to the Blue Jays for John Farrell
2010, 2011 -- Marco Scutaro, traded to the Rockies for Clayton Mortensen
2007, 2008 -- Julio Lugo, traded to the Cardinals for Chris Duncan
2006 -- Alex Gonzalez, signed by the Reds as a free agent
2004 -- Pokey Reese, signed by the Mariners as a free agent
2003 -- Nomar Garciaparra, traded to the Cubs in three-way deal for Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz