Jupiter, FL. USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias (76) hits a bases loaded triple against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
The trade of three players on the 25-man roster means that the Red Sox are in need of some reinforcements. Even if James Loney makes it to Boston for Saturday night's game against the Kansas City Royals, that still leaves two holes on the roster. Boston has responded to this by calling up a pair of defensive stalwarts from Pawtucket.
Both of shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin were going to be with the Red Sox as of September 1 anyway, once rosters expanded, so this trade has simply expedited the inevitable. It's not a given either will get loads of playing time from here on out -- though it's far more certain that Iglesias will than Lin -- but given the Sox are absolutely playing for 2013 at this point, it wouldn't be surprising to see quite a bit of them. The Red Sox do need to find out if Jose Iglesias is ready for major-league pitching, because his glove is certainly ready for the bigs.