3. Hand The First Base Job To Travis Shaw
Seriously, I hammered away at this one in that previous article. I am incredulous at the notion the Sox brass are still set on the idea of moving Hanley Ramirez over to first. Hanley can split time at DH with David Ortiz, split-dependent situationally, and then be a fourth outfielder and Gatorade distributor.
This one seems pretty simple to me. Shaw has shown the ability to handle big-league pitching and is, at worst, a serviceable first baseman defensively. As I already pointed out in last week’s article, Shaw is young, inexpensive and under long-term club control.