Since Dustin Pedroia became the Red Sox’ everyday second baseman in 2007, he has had 17 shortstops take the field alongside him. Here is a brief look at his double play partners.
Alex Cora (2005-08)
— Journeyman who played as many as 140 games only once in a 14-year career. But he was very popular in the Sox clubhouse and a Terry Francona favorite (Tito saw him as a future manager). Was good at things like stealing the opponents' signs.
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Alex Gonzalez (2006, 2009)
— Very smooth fielder who supposedly didn't hit enough. But a .255 average and 50 RBIs in 2006 seemed a fair tradeoff for what he provided on defense. Sox let him go after one year, though they brought him back for the second half of 2009.
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Julio Lugo (2007-09)
— Was coveted during the Theo Epstein regime and eventually brought on board with a four-year, $36 million contract. But once he got here, no one could figure out what the big deal was. Hit .237 and .268 in two full seasons, then was traded to St. Louis midway through 2009. Now a Bill James punch line.
Royce Clayton (2007)
— In a lengthy major league career (17 years), his stop in Boston barely registers: eight games at the tail end. And only one at shortstop. Made an error, too.
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Jed Lowrie (2008-11)
— A reputed "shortstop of the future" who never panned out here, largely because he couldn't stay on the field. High-water mark for games played was 88 in 2011. Had a wrist injury that seemed to last four years. Anyway, he found a home in Oakland, where he is beloved by the Moneyball set and sometimes bats cleanup.
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Nick Green (2009)
— In his one year with Sox, played 81 unremarkable games at shortstop, as Julio Lugo and (surprise) Jed Lowrie were battling injuries. Most notable appearance was in late August, when he pitched TWO scoreless innings of relief against the White Sox.
Marco Scutaro (2010-11)
— Remembered in Boston for being a gritty guy who played in pain and never griped. Then he went to San Francisco and became a postseason force (MVP of the 2012 NLCS).
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Yamaico Navarro (2010-11)
— Well-thought-of prospect who signed with the Sox at 17 and worked his way up through the system all the way to Fenway. Didn't show enough in The Show to stick, though. Now playing in Korea.
Billy Hall (2010)
— Played 120 games in his one season here, mostly as an outfielder, just six at short. Had some pop, though, belting 18 homers. Last seen with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
Angel Sanchez (2010)
— One of six shortstops the Sox used in 2010 (Felipe Lopez didn't play with Pedroia). Played one game, total. Went 0 for 3 but turned two double plays.
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Mike Aviles (2011-12)
— Another Terry Francona guy, and he currently toils for the reigning AL Manager of the Year in Cleveland. Very versatile, and won't hurt you anywhere in the infield or outfield. Had the distinction of being traded for a manager (John Farrell, in the deal that freed Farrell from Toronto).
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Drew Sutton (2011)
— The definition of a journeyman, playing with five teams in four years. Shortstop days in Boston totaled four. After stints in Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, he played the 2013 season in Pawtucket, batting .245 as a 1B-3B and also pitching (!) in three games.
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Jose Iglesias (2011-13)
— Touted as the next Omar Vizquel — and it still may turn out that way. Was a joy to watch in the field, and held up his end at the plate (infield hits count). But with Xander Bogaerts in the system, the Sox decided he was expendable when they needed a pitcher down the stretch last year. Things worked out fine with Jake Peavy, and now Tigers fans get to enjoy Iglesias.
Pedro Ciriaco (2012-13)
— Rail-thin utilityman signed as a free agent for 2012, and won a job with the Sox out of spring training the next year. Had his moments, and best of all was a Yankee killer, hitting .415 against them.
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Nick Punto (2012)
— Played just 65 games for the Sox (six at shortstop) but will be immortalized as the fourth Boston player sent to the Dodgers in the blockbuster Josh Beckett-Adrian Gonzalez-Carl Crawford deal.
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Stephen Drew (2013)
— Heads were being scratched all over New England when the Sox signed him last winter, because his brother J.D. wasn't exactly a Fenway favorite. Stephen was even issued the same number, 7. But you can't argue with the result. Even when his bat disappeared in the postseason, he was steady as can be on defense — the pitchers' best friend — as the Sox scrapped to the World Series title. Remains unsigned.
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Xander Bogaerts (2013-present)
— Well, the job is his to take, and there's no reason to think he won't flourish. At 21, has the tools and the cool. Didn't look out of place at all during his postseason baptism last fall (.296). Only player on this list from Aruba.