And he’s into the idea:
“They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” Pedroia says.
“They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do
it. I can’t wait for Tito [Terry Francona] to call me and ask, ‘Can you
do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.”
Pedroia was a shortstop at Arizona State and played a bit of short in the minors, but he was bumped off the position by Hanley Ramirez in the Sox system — himself no great defensive shakes — and has only played six games at short in the majors. Moving to the left on the defensive spectrum is a tough nut to crack, and the odds don’t favor success.
But it’s worth a try, right? I mean, it’s way easier to find a decent second baseman out on the market than a shortstop.
(Thanks to Jason at IIATMS for the heads up.)
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!