The stories don’t say so yet, but Alex Cora’s signing a two-year deal with the Red Averages today all but means the Sox will be saying adios to Mark Loretta.
It means the Red Sox will not be choosing the only scenario I could have seen (and the one I supported, for whatever that’s worth) in which Loretta and Pedroia could have co-existed — where Loretta plays a year with Pedroia serving in the Cora role while he gets his legs under him. Instead, I think this makes it clear that Pedroia is the Sox’ Opening Day second baseman. Also, to my mind, this makes it all the more imperative that a good defender like Gonzalez be feeding the rookie double-play balls and vice versa.
Farewell, Mark. It was great while it lasted.