Insiders say position changes all about bat, not glove

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

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

"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."