Red Sox Sign ELITE Middle Infielder
If you follow baseball at all, you know this year’s trade deadline has come and gone. And if you follow the Boston Red Sox at all, you know that they continued their quest to sign every elite second baseman from the year 2006 by adding Ian Kinsler yesterday.
With the signing, the Sox now have Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, and Kinsler. Add them to an already existing middle infield of Xander Bogaerts and utility guys Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez, it would seem as though they have plenty of guys to plug the holes in the middle.
With Xander taking a pitch to the hand last night, the Red Sox dug deep into their bag of tricks and signed arguably the best player in the history of bats, balls, and fences: Pablo Sanchez.
Most of you remember “The Secret Weapon” Pablo Sanchez from his Little League days where he was hitting missiles off the likes of Pete Wheeler and Randy Johnson. Often regarded as the best prospect in baseball, hopes were high for Sanchez. He tore through nearly every opponent he faced with his mixture of speed, power, average, fielding prowess, and a rocket of a right arm.
Sanchez, a multiple time Triple Crown, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger winner, had this to say about the recent signing, “I am excited.”
However, prior to his recent press conference, no one had heard from Sanchez since 2010 when, after a brief stint in the Backyard Baseball: Sandlot Sluggers league, he simply vanished. Rumors swirled that he tried his hand at other sports like basketball, soccer, football, and hockey, but sources close to Sanchez could not confirm nor deny those claims, and Sanchez himself refused to comment.
While I’m not here to speculate or delve into the personal lives of players, something feels a bit fishy about his disappearance.
One thing we do know, however, is that if Sanchez can show flashes of what made him the #1 prospect in baseball all those years ago, the Red Sox just got an absolute steal.
– Rob Jones (RobDark_13)