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Start of Boston's Xander Bogaerts era?

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07:17 AM ET 07.31 | Boston's three-way trade Tuesday night meant the departure of slick-fielding Jose Iglesias, with the prize coming in the form of Jake Peavy. "We certainly didn't go into this July looking or expecting to trade Jose," [said GM Ben Cherington]. ... Cherington said the entry of the Tigers into the deal was relatively recent and it came after the Red Sox realized they did not have exactly what the White Sox were looking for. The departure of Iglesias leaves open the possibility that the Red Sox will call up 20-year-old shortstop Xander Bogaerts from Triple A to play third base and make his major league debut as soon as this week. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is another possibility to return from Pawtucket. Cherington said the club will call up an infielder before [Wednesday night's] game but no announcement was made.

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July 31, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Bring in the X-man.

July 31, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Best part of the deal, Xander's the starting shortstop on opening day next year. His bat at ss could make him the most valuable player in baseball.

July 31, 2013  09:05 AM ET

I still think Iglesias is going to turn out to be another Omar VIzquel. Would have preferred to see Middlebrooks go and have X at 3rd and Iglesias at SS.

July 31, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I still think Iglesias is going to turn out to be another Omar VIzquel. Would have preferred to see Middlebrooks go and have X at 3rd and Iglesias at SS.

It's the old adage that you have to give up something in order get something in return.

July 31, 2013  09:36 AM ET

I have no problem with this trade. Unfortunately we will miss Iglesias' glove work, but he wasn't going to hit well. This is a case of selling him while his stock is high.

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July 31, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I still think Iglesias is going to turn out to be another Omar VIzquel.

Possibly, but highly unlikely. Iglesias has played over his head to date. He is now beginning to come back to earth. Defensively he's an all star, but he still has a AAA bat.

July 31, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Best part of the deal, Xander's the starting shortstop on opening day next year. His bat at ss could make him the most valuable player in baseball.

It's also entirely possible that he reaches the majors and craps the bed. It happens to top prospects all the time.

July 31, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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talk about getting way ahead of one's self.....Bogaerts has yet to play in the bigs and you have in contention for MVP? that's just stupid

I find that people who haven't been serious baseball fans for very long get over-amped over prospects.

If you've paid attention to prospects for at least a half-dozen years, you realize they don't meet expectations more often than they do.

That's not to say that he's not going to be any good, or that he won't reach his potential, it's just supporting your point that getting all hard over a guy with zero point zero major league at bats is silly. Or stupid. Or whatever you want to call it.

July 31, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I have no problem with this trade. Unfortunately we will miss Iglesias' glove work, but he wasn't going to hit well. This is a case of selling him while his stock is high.

That was my take on it too. Looks pretty good for Boston now, getting in position to compete down the stretch and into the post season. Gotta get C.B. back though.

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July 31, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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It's quite possible that this guy has the greatest name in the history of baseball.

Q: and why don't you get a hit of this beautiful spliff the size of my thumb?

A: because Xander Bogaerts.

July 31, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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talk about getting way ahead of one's self.....Bogaerts has yet to play in the bigs and you have in contention for MVP? that's just stupid

Maybe he's a relative of stupidmoron?

July 31, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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I find that people who haven't been serious baseball fans for very long get over-amped over prospects.If you've paid attention to prospects for at least a half-dozen years, you realize they don't meet expectations more often than they do.That's not to say that he's not going to be any good, or that he won't reach his potential, it's just supporting your point that getting all hard over a guy with zero point zero major league at bats is silly. Or stupid. Or whatever you want to call it.

What was that five tool player Philly had in the outfield that was traded to Texas and never heard from again?

I see PLENTY of SURE-THING prospects that fizzle out like a Black Cat bottle rocket.............

July 31, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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It's quite possible that this guy has the greatest name in the history of baseball.

Don't Bogaerts that Zander my friend.........

<flips quarter to Little Feet>

July 31, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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What was that five tool player Philly had in the outfield that was traded to Texas and never heard from again?

Domonic Brown?

July 31, 2013  11:56 AM ET

The Mets had Lastings Millredge, how about this guy Fernando Martinez and who could ever forget Steve Henderson, he was the lead player in The Seaver Trade!!!

July 31, 2013  02:54 PM ET
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If you've paid attention to prospects for at least a half-dozen years, you realize they don't meet expectations more often than they do.

Except for Phil Hughes.

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July 31, 2013  09:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I have no problem with this trade. Unfortunately we will miss Iglesias' glove work, but he wasn't going to hit well. This is a case of selling him while his stock is high.

Total agreement. He was never going to hit ML pitchers consistently.

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