Who's the Sox shortstop in 2013?

October 9, 2012

The Red Sox have a few players on their roster who can play the position, but could they do better acquiring a shortstop via trade or free-agency? Here are some options, including current players, top free agents and potential trade targets. Rank the possibilities below.

Who's the Sox shortstop in 2013?

Jose Iglesias

Jose Iglesias

Iglesias' defense was even better than advertised, but can the Sox afford to make him their everyday shortstop if he can't hit? Iglesias hit .118, while striking out in 24 percent of his at-bats. That's the second-lowest batting average by a non-pitcher in franchise history (min. 75 plate appearances).


Pedro Ciriaco

Pedro Ciriaco

Ciriaco emerged as one of the few pleasant surprises of 2012, emerging as a fan favorite thanks to his hot start and .415 batting average against the Yankees. Yet, it's worth noting that he hit just .261 against everyone else.


Stephen Drew (FA)

Stephen Drew (FA)

Has a $10M mutual option so he might not be on the market. Hasn't played 90 games in either of the past two seasons. Still just 29, some team will gamble on him returning to form. But it's not clear Drew is a significant upgrade from Bostonā¬"s in-house candidates.


Marco Scutaro (FA)

Marco Scutaro (FA)

On of this season's best deadline acquisitions, Scutaro's renaissance in San Francisco seems likely to continue.


Yunel Escobar (Trade)

Yunel Escobar (Trade)

May have worn out his welcome in Toronto.


J.J. Hardy (Trade)

J.J. Hardy (Trade)

Orioles may trade Hardy to open up the position for Manny Machado.


Elvis Andrus (Trade)

Elvis Andrus (Trade)

Would the Rangers really trade arguably the best SS in the game at age 24? With top prospect Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, it figures to be a hot topic. Regardless, it's doubtful Boston could put together an attractive enough offer to secure Andrus.


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