Insiders say position changes all about bat, not glove

The Red Sox are hoping to have the same success moving Xander Bogaerts (left) to another position as they had with Dustin Pedroia.
Michael Ivins/Getty Images

"From a development standpoint, we stress to young players that we're not taking anything away from them," Hazen said. "They're still going to be in the lineup everyday. We try to avoid doing it up until Triple A, because we want them to become comfortable with the bat and to progress with the bat, because we're looking for guys who can hit. So if you start moving guys around and they back up as a hitter you've done them a disservice. But once they get to Triple A, there's more maturity around their game, and you start to feel more comfortable exposing players to more things."

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.