Originally Posted by MisterB
Except that none of our "infield assets" appear to be a competent, major-league quality shortstop.
By all accounts:
- Leury doesn't have the arm
- Semien doesn't have the range
- Tyler Saladino - despite having a good season so far at Charlotte - has played his way out of prospect status with two straight horrible seasons in '12 and '13
- Carlos Sanchez is also hitting well, but projects as a utility infielder at best.
There's even questions already about whether Anderson has the arm to stick at SS.
Ramirez is a top flight defensive ss and I see your point about the future but I really dont think that Ramirez has 4 more quality years ahead, maybe two. Right now is the pinnacle of Ramirez career and the Sox are not ready to truly compete yet, you have to sell high.