Is this stuff, like most of the "wow can that kid down in Columbus play!" columns that emanate from the New York papers just before the trade deadline, the propagandistic precursor to player packaging? (I know how YF loves the alliteration) Or is it a harbinger of some surprise mid-season moves for the (up-til-yesterday) streaking Sox? Last week the Beantowners moved hot shortstop prospect Dustin Pedroia up to Pawtucket, and with Edgar Renteria ensconced at the position in the bigs there seems to be a glut in the hole. It makes me wonder: should Mark Bellhorn fear for his job? Will the Sox move Pedroia, Ramirez, or even Renteria (who volunteers the switch in this article) to second base? Could the Sox be looking at shipping Bellhorn to the pine in favor of youth? Are Bill James and Eric Van screaming at Theo to leave Bellhorn swinging at the wind, no matter how choice the talent down below? We all know Bellhorn is a more important player than his numbers lead us to believe, at least superficially, but I have to admit it would be an interestingly risky move to feel out either Pedroia or Ramirez before the end of August, to see how they would handle the majors, to see whether either of them could help contribute in September and beyond. Though both guys are seemingly in need of more minor league experience, the time could be ripe for a little experimentation.
Update: SoSHers hash some of it out, here.