But he is making more work for himself, and it appears getting into a bit of a disagreement with the front office, all at once.
The reason: 22-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias.
While he is a wizard in the field with his glove, bringing a defensive aspect to the Sox infield they haven’t seen since the days of Alex Gonzalez, Iglesias’ bat has been slow to join the party.
He’s batting .235 this spring, going just 4-for-17 with a triple and four RBI. In 618 minor league at-bats, Iglesias has hit .261 with a homer and 51 RBI. He’s also walked just 36 times to 115 strikeouts.
Still, Valentine is impressed with his young shortstop, and making his push to have Iglesias on the field April 5 in Detroit, or shortly after.
“Readiness for the big leagues? Pretty close,” Valentine said of Iglesias on Wednesday. “I think we’ve seen a lot. Now it will just be a determination of whether it’s his time "
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