Red Sox plan on adding to left side of infield

Red Sox plan on adding to left side of infield
December 9, 2013, 10:15 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After filling big needs at first base, catcher and the bullpen in the last week, the Red Sox don't have a lot of work do with their roster.
The one area that still could be addressed is the left side of the infield. The Red Sox could go with Xander Bogaerts at short and Will Middlebrooks at third, with another utility infielder added to provide backup at short.
Or, the Sox could still re-sign Stephen Drew on a short-term deal, shift Bogaerts back to third and perhaps move Middlebrooks in a deal.
"We're still looking to add to the left side of the infield," said Farrell. "How that takes shape remains to be seen. I think we're completely comfortable with (Bogaerts) playing either position. Our focus is, what's the strongest and deepest team we can make."
The Sox gave Drew a qualifying offer, meaning they'll collect a draft pick if someone signs him. If not, he could return and provide a solid defender at short with decent production from the left side of the plate.
"Can't handicap it," said Ben Cherington on the prospect of Drew returning. "We'll see. He's someone that we obviously like and he's a good player. He did a really good job for us. If there's a way to make it work, we'll see if we can do that. But I can't handicap it right now."
Whether Drew returns or not, the Sox need some depth at the shortstop position.
"We need two guys on the team that can play short, no matter what the names are," said Cherington. "The roster needs to have two guys to play short. Obviously, Bogaerts has a chance to be part of the team and he can play short. So, one way or another, we'd have to add to that.
"Brock Holt is a candidate for that. He's done a really good job for us and is obviously someone we really think highly of. But we may look to add someone on that side of the field and more than likely, that would be someone with the ability to play short, at least in some role."
The Sox had veteran infielder John McDonald, an outstanding defender, coming off the bench late in the season. McDonald is a free agent but remains under consideration for the utility role.
"We are definitely still talking to John," said Cherington. "John is obviously at a point in his career where certain things make sense for him and certain things don't. We need to be able to be able to give him more information before he makes any decision."