Boston Red Sox Are Hurting At 3B Early in 2014

By Carter Roane
Middlebrooks handling third base
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The Boston Red Sox have a lot of depth at many different positions. It seems as though they have a future prospect pretty much knocking at the door wherever you look. One position that is seriously lacking though, is third base where there isn’t much depth behind Will Middlebrooks.

Middlebrooks pulled a calf recently and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The injury seems to be pretty slight so he shouldn’t be out too long, but his absence brings a glaring problem. There really isn’t a viable option at third base at the moment.

Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt can share the position for a while, but they are the perfect definition of a utility infielder. They can hold down the fort for about seven to ten days, but anything longer than that can start posing a problem. One option that has been mentioned is minor leaguer Garin Cecchini. He will be in the majors someday, but he hasn’t played anywhere above the Double A level yet.

What’s a team to do? The thing is Middlebrooks has been fairly inconsistent in his time in Boston, but he is their only option at third base. Boston’s worst fear has been realized now that he is out at least for a little while. Boston recently signed Ryan Roberts, but is that a good long-term answer?

With the plethora of prospects that the Red Sox have, perhaps it is time to take one of them and move them to third base. How about the most blocked prospect in the minors, Mookie Betts? He won’t play second with Dustin Pedroia there. Perhaps he is athletic enough to handle playing third.

The Red Sox may need to do some thinking outside the box. Middlebrooks should be back pretty soon, but what if he suffers a more serious injury? They will need to come up with an alternative and quickly.

Carter Roane is a Boston Red Sox writer for him on Twitter@CarterGRoane, “Like”him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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