Just when it looked like the Boston Red Sox‘ lineup was going to have some serious stability, another injury hit. Will Middlebrooks went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured finger. Right now, there is no timetable as to when he will be back. Are we ever going to see him healthy for any extended period of time?
Now that he is out, there is a need for a third baseman. Xander Bogaerts could very easily slide over to that position like he did last year. That would leave Boston looking for a shortstop. There is still a very familiar name out there who would probably be welcomed with open arms. That would of course be Stephen Drew.
Drew is still unsigned and it appears that he will stay unsigned until the June draft happens and teams won’t lose a top pick. I would say that Drew has better range than Bogaerts and he could be a very stabilizing force to the left side of the infield which has been lacking so far this season.
I understand why Boston didn’t really want to sign him for what he wanted during the offseason, but Boston now has some holes that need filling and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of internal options. What is wrong with going after a proven veteran — who has played in Boston and done very well — and signing him for the rest of the season?
If Boston wants to win now, it needs to make the moves to prove it.