According to Sean McAdam at CSNNE.com, Bobby Valentine wants Jose Iglesias as his starting shortstop on opening day. There is no denying Iglesias is great in the field but his .624 OPS in the minors shows that he is not ready to hit in the majors. He needs to start the year in Triple-A so he can try to improve at the plate.
This story is bothersome because we are already seeing a disagreement between the manager and the front office with Ben and company looking to start Iglesias in Triple-A. Bobby V was clearly an ownership hire and if ownership sides with him in this case, Ben Cherington’s power is again diminished.