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FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Mike Aviles isn't planning to revel in winning the shortstop battle. Sure, the 31-year-old is excited to man the position full-time for the first time since 2008. In fact, he’s eager about it. But Aviles also understands that Jose Iglesias is knocking on the door of a major-league promotion. Before the Red Sox routed the Rays 8-0 on Tuesday, Aviles pulled Iglesias aside for an encouraging pep talk. "I told him 'don't worry about it, go do your thing' because at the end of the day, we're going to need him," Aviles said. "And that’s the...

Iglesias among five Red Sox demoted

It's a sad day, my friends. The coming of our shortstop of the next decade has been delayed, as Jose Iglesias was optioned to Pawtucket, along with Lars Anderson (no surprise there). Many of us were holding out hope that Iglesias' flashy glove would outshine his weak bat, but it appears it was not enough. It also makes you think Ben Cherington has a leg up on Bobby Valentine...

Mike Aviles Wins Red Sox' Starting Shortstop Competition, As Jose Iglesias Optioned to Triple-A

FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The Red Sox' shortstop battle has been decided, at least for the time being. Before Tuesday's game against the Rays, the Red Sox optioned Jose Iglesias to Triple-A Pawtucket, likely paving the way for Mike Aviles to patrol the shortstop position on Opening Day. For Bobby Valentine, the decision stemmed from Iglesias' recent 2-for-15 stretch at...

Aviles Wins Red Sox Starting Shortstop Competition

IF there was a power struggle between Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and skipper Bobby Valentine, then score this one for Cherington. One of the positions the Red Sox had a competition for during spring training was shortstop. The players involved were Mike Aviles, Jose Iglesias and Nick Punto. While Punto hasn't played shortstop this spring, the other two have gotten...

Aviles wins SS job over Iglesias

It’s official. Mike Aviles will be the Red Sox starting shortstop on Opening Day. Despite reports that Bobby Valentine was interested in keeping Jose Iglesias on the 25 man roster and conjuring up images of Rey Ordonez in our heads, the right decision was made. Iglesias has had only 618 Minor League at-bats and with those has posted just a .261 AVG. with a single home-run and...

Red Sox Do Smart Thing, Option Iglesias

This morning, the Boston Red Sox optioned Jose Iglesias to Triple-A. Given that he hit .235/.285/.269 in 387 plate appearances during his time in Pawtucket last year, this seems like a pretty obvious decision. While Iglesias has defensive skills that suggest he can have value even if he doesn’t ever develop into much of a hitter, there’s still a level of minimally acceptable...

Vote: Which Red Sox Story Line Has Greatest Chance of Coming True?

The Red Sox roster started to take shape on Tuesday morning, as the club made its latest round of cuts, putting to bed one of the biggest story lines of camp when the Sox sent Jose Iglesias to Triple-A. That move means the starting shortstop job belongs to Mike Aviles -- for now -- and there will still be plenty of attention paid to Aviles throughout the season. He's not the...

Mike Aviles Beats Out Jose Iglesias for Shortstop Job After Bobby Valentine's Spring Training Juggling Act

One of Bobby Valentine's biggest responsibilities this spring training was making sure that two shortstops -- Mike Aviles and Jose Iglesias -- got enough time each at short for the club to make a decision on who would be the starter. That decision came on Tuesday when the team announced that it was sending Iglesias to Triple-A, effectively making Aviles the Opening Day starter...

Iglesias sent to Pawtucket

Well it appears that the Red Sox prized prospect Jose Iglesias is going to start the season in Pawtucket. The Red Sox are reporting that Iglesias, as well as Lars Anderson, have been optioned to AAA Pawtucket. This isn't a complete surprise, especially considering how good of a spring Mike Aviles has had.Iglesias drew rave reviews from Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine a few weeks...

Your Morning Dump...where we have two starters who are ready

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Beckett easily handled the Rays, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks with five strikeouts in Boston's 8-0 win. The 84-pitch effort lowered his Grapefruit League ERA to...

Iglesias and Lars Anderson Demoted to Pawtucket

The youngest, most promising candidate for the starting shortstop role and a player who was once ranked the systems #1 prospect were today optioned down to AAA Pawtucket by Bobby Valentine and the Boston Red Sox.  Jose Iglesias and Lars Anderson were sent down today after very promising spring training results and will be forced [...]

Daniel Bard Remains Strong Candidate for Rotation as Jose Iglesias Assignment Settles Red Sox Lineup (Podcast)

Red Sox season is certainly never lacking in excitement. With the team deciding to send shortstop Jose Iglesias to Triple-A and install Mike Aviles as the likely starter, one question mark for the team cleared up. But with Daniel Bard's status as either starter or reliever still undetermined, drama remains on and off the field. There's plenty going on as Red Sox spring training...

Jose Iglesias Demotion Was Wrong Move for Red Sox, Magic Johnson Should Bring Glamour Back to Dodgers (Video)

The Red Sox have found their starting shortstop, and to the disdain of many it's not Jose Iglesias. Iglesias was optioned back to AAA-Pawtucket on Tuesday, leaving the starting role to Mike Aviles come Opening Day. The decision has been heavily scrutinized by many and some are not pleased by the answer. Red Sox beat writer Didier Morais and Nick Cafardo of The Boston...
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