Aviles/Ciriaco Platoon at SS?
posted at 7/16/2012 10:41 PM EDT
Once Pedroia comes back to 2b, what are the chances that Bobby V explores a platoon of Aviles and Ciriaco at SS? The only way this would be possible is if the Sox DFA or DL Punto or only go with 4 OF's (either Sweeney or Nava off the roster). Aviles has been solid at SS, but he has certainly cooled off since his sizzling start. His particularly low OBP stands out to me. Ciriaco is a superb defender and has been consistently making contact and getting hits, except for his struggles during the TB series. This is not to mention his great speed. Playing both Aviles and Ciriaco would allow Valentine to keep both players fresh and go with the hot bat if one of the players catches fire. If the Sox kept both Aviles and Ciriaco on the roster and got rid of Punto, they would be without a true utility player. However, both Aviles and Ciriaco could serve as utility players when they aren't starting. Don't forget, Aviles can also play the OF, as he did at times last season. Do you think this is a legitimate possibility for the Sox going forward?