The Red Sox appear to be thinking outside the box on their shortstop issue, as Peter Gammons reports that the team has asked All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia if he can return to his original position in 2010.
Pedroia is one of the better fielding second basemen in the game, and his glove/range should be adequate in a transition to SS. The big question mark is whether his throwing arm can handle the move. In the few games that I watched him at SS a couple of years back, it seemed like there were a few too many close calls at first base due to a less than stellar throw from Pedroia. However, this wasn’t a very significant sample of games, and it was Pedroia’s first stint in the Major Leagues.
I’m in favor of giving it a try. The logic behind the move is that a quality shortstop is much harder to find than a quality second baseman. The team will have a much easier time finding a Chris Getz type of guy, as opposed to a Jason Bartlett type of guy.