Agreed plus the massive value of youks being able to be a good glove at 3b even after all this time playing first. Plus his hitting not suffering. Youks is why I would personally have let Lowell go, allows massive flexability at 1st or 3rd, but as it worked out the depth is just dandy
How likely is it that, with Lowrie providing enough good hitting adequate defense position flexibility, Cora might be history after he recovers from his injury? The team's depth is unprecedented. Except for Cash (who is basically a defenseive specialist as the second catcher) and Varitek, the entire regular lineup (except Ortiz at the moment) and all the important reserves are hitting near or well above .300. Crisp just got Wally Pipped by Ellsbury who, after a Pedroiaesque first part of his rookie April, appears to be on course for ROY consideration by the end of this year as most everyone expected.
Unless Crisp is dealt, he, Casey, Lowrie (another possibility for ROY if he becomes a regular) and Cash give the Sox one of their best overall balanced benches ever. Crisp, Casey and Lowrie could play regularly on other teams and, as it is, their ability to step in 3-4 times each week (or more considering appearances as defensive replacements) allows the frontline regulars plenty of rest during the marathon regular season.