Exactly my thoughts. All indications are that Iglesias's hitting is quite a bit more advanced than it was a year ago in ST. A healthy half season or so of regular at bats in the minor will help him a lot more than being thrown into the majors right now. That's what Mike Aviles is here for and there is absolutely nothing that suggests he couldn't be decent defensive SS with a bit of pop in his bat.
Originally Posted by Mike D.
If Iglesias takes over for the second half or even next year as a player who can hit .250 with about a .300 OBP, he will be a valuable major leaguer. If he hits .200 or below then even with his fielding it will be though.
In the end the whole Iglesias/Bard/Lavarnway discussion depends on whether you take a 2012-view point (as Bobby Valentine probably does) or a longer term point of view (as I guess the FO does).
Iglesias defense is more then ML-ready, but if you keep him in the minors he will likely become a better hitter (esp offspead stuff) and thus be more valuable over the whole duration of his contract. Plus you start his arb clock later, so the Sox actually will have control for one year more!
The same with Lavarnway. His bat is more than ML-ready, but if you let him start in P'tucket to work on his receiving skills, he will be more valuable over the whole duration of his contract.
A similar argument could be made about Bard. He is one of the best relievers in the game right now. But if could become a decent no. 3 or 4 starter he has more value! A few spring training innings are likely not enough to judge that. You probably need to let him start for two to three months as it might take time for him to become a "pitcher". So long term, you might want to give him this time, while short term you'd rather have him as the dominant bullpen ace.
Prediction on Iglesias: will start in AAA, Aviles is Red Sox SS.
Preference: The same.
Prediction on Lavarnway: will start in AAA, Lars Anderson or Ciriaco take the 25th man spot.
Preference: The same.
Prediction on Bard: will start as no. 4 or 5 SP. Aceves goes to the pen.
Preference: torn. 50.1% he should go back to pen; 49.9% he should start. But I guess give him the opportunity to start at the beginning of the season can't hurt too much. You can still move him back to pen, right?
Watching Derek Jeter make 40 defensive plays and then watching Adam Everett make 40 defensive plays at the same position is sort of like watching video of Barbara Bush dancing at the White House, and then watching Demi Moore dancing in Striptease. (Bill James)
Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power. If he can continue to hit .260 or so, he'll be useful, and he probably has a future as a backup infielder. (Keith Law)