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Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 8:25 pm

By Evan Brunell

Adrian Gonzalez could play the outfield during Boston's upcoming foray into the National League, the Boston Globe reports.

Before Monday's game at Fenway Park against the Padres, manager Terry Francona said the Red Sox have discussed putting Gonzalez in right field in order to get David Ortiz in the lineup. Gonzalez and Ortiz are the two best hitters on the team, but Ortiz's only position is first base -- the position Gonzalez plays at a Gold Glove level.

"We've talked to him," Francona said. "We'll see. I'm glad he's willing to do it. I don't want David to sit nine straight games ... maybe a couple of times ... I know he's done it. We'll see."

Gonzalez has minimal experience in the outfield, playing right field during his time in winter ball and once in 2006 with Texas when Mark Teixeira was manning first. That's it.

It's a big stretch to ask Gonzalez to play the outfield, especially coming off offseason shoulder surgery, but what is Boston supposed to do? It can't sit one of its best hitters for nine-straight games, whether that's Gonzalez or Ortiz taking a seat. Boston wouldn't play A-Gon in the outfield for all the games, but even just three is an additional three games with a big bopper in the lineup. As long as Gonzalez is told not to be a hero on defense, it's doubtful that it's a major injury risk as well.

It wouldn't be too much trouble for Gonzalez to fit into the outfield, as the club just placed Carl Crawford on the disabled list. That frees up an outfield spot for Gonzalez, but interestingly, it appears the team wants Gonzalez to play right field, not left. Most slow first baseman who need to be stuck in the outfield go to left field, so why isn't left being considered for Gonzalez? J.D. Drew is a capable right fielder and isn't a zero on defense. It would seem that by putting Drew in an unfamiliar position in left field, the team is harming its defense at both outfield positions. In addition, the left-field replacements for Crawford in Mike Cameron, Darnell McDonald and Josh Reddick all have extensive experience playing center and right field.

The Red Sox go on the NL-portion of their schedule Friday when they visit Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Houston with interleague play, which concludes July 3.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:22 pm

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

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Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:22 pm

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

If you think they will put a gold glove first baseman in the OF I think you are crazy. He is the best firstbaseman in the league. They would not want to move him and p!ss him off the way he is hitting.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:52 am

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

There is no way Boston would consider moving Gonzalez into right field full time.  Ortiz and Drew will both
be gone after this season.  Why not sign or trade for one of the better outfielders available instead of
messing with a guy that is one of the best defenders at his position.  If the D-backs keep moving their
better players, I wouldn't be surprised to see Justin Upton in a Red Sox uniform.  If the Dodgers stay
in turmoil, Kemp or Either could also be an option.  I like Fielder and who wouldn't want Puhols but we
have that position covered.  That is why we paid him as much as we did.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:50 am

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

I think the Boston Red Sox have a much more sinister motive in mind by moving Adrian Gonzalez to the outfield. The motive you ask? I believe they are setting up to make a play for either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols to play 1st base next season. I know that there is alot of Money invested in the team as it is, but I do believe that the Red Sox can provide the money to sign Fielder or Pujols. This may not be what happens, but it was instantly the first thing I thought of when I saw Adrian Gonzalez moving to the outfield to prime him in fielding to get one of those two players, because Gonzalez has too good of a glove at 1st base to move him to the outfield just to get Ortiz more playing time. There is definitely more than meets the eye here.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:19 am

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

I have to disagree, mainly because with that many days off (11) it really affects your timing, and the last thing you want to do is rest a guy that's as hot as Ortiz is right now. Him and Gonzales are feeding off each other and there is no way you want to change that. The main reason Gonzales is in favor of this bizarre move is because he realizes that he's seeing quality pitches because Ortiz is right behind him and right now no one wants to pitch to either of them. The time off for Ortiz will affect both players, not just Big Pappi, and that is why A-gon is willing to move.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:00 am

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

I agree with MICKS.  Gonzo is going great now, wny upset the mix?  Fatman Ortiz can use the rest and still be available for pinch hitting.

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:03 pm

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

I like the idea for a few games.  It would be stupid to leave Papi out for all those games.  Without playing, he could go through a cold spell or pull something due to being out of shape when he comes back.  If Gonzo's okay with it, make it happen.

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:04 pm

Red Sox may play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield

Just plan stupid.  Gonzo is a Gold Glove caliber 1st sacker.  He isn't real athletic and doesn't run well.  The Sox are going to risk their long term invest so Ortiz doesn't have to sit 9 straight games.  They would be taking a huge risk as well as weakening two positions.  Let Ortiz pinch hit.  He most likely will be DHing somewhere else next year. 

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