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.
It's kind of what I was getting at. It's nice have a steady player at the most important position in the infield - especially one with a career BA of .280 who happens to hail from the same country as a future superstar. I don't want them to start the revolving door at such a critical position, at least not unless they have a guy that is ready to takeover, which they don't.
With a hopefully healthy Garcia and a few FA acquisitions, the Sox have a chance to compete as early as next year. I think Ramirez would be key to their chances.