Thursday, May 22, 2014

Will Middlebrooks Stays Mum On Drew Signing

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Soon after Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks fractured his right index finger, the team went out and got Stephen Drew to play shortstop. Functionally, that leaves Xander Bogaerts as the everyday third baseman and Middlebrooks in a quandary. Once he heals (said to be weeks away), Boston can send him to AAA, put him on the bench or trade him. None of these are good options for the 25-year old slugger. Ben Cherington still seems to be supporting Middlebrooks,  "If he's healthy and playing to his capability, then we're a much better team with him on the team and the other guys." But, the reality might just be that Will's time in Carmine Hose is coming to an end. If that's the case, they may someday regret giving up on the potential of 30 HRs from the right side of the plate. As for Middlebrooks himself, he has been unwilling to comment on the recent developments, saying he wants to "stay away from talking about the situation". Stay tuned!