Iglesias to spend winter training, not playing baseball

Iglesias to spend winter training, not playing baseball

Iglesias to spend winter training, not playing baseball
BALTIMORE -- Rather than get more at-bats in winter ball, Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias will spend the winter training in his hometown of Miami, trying to build more strength. He thinks that will have a more positive impact on his offensive development than going to play somewhere.

"Oh, absolutely," said Iglesias. "I'll be in Miami working out. I want to get stronger and healthier and play 162 games next year, hopefully. That's my goal."

Iglesias was in the lineup for the Red Sox on Friday. He is hitting .118 (5-for-51) but has played dazzling defense.

Pedro Ciriaco and Mauro Gomez will be among those who play winter ball. The Red Sox hope Ciriaco can get some time in the outfield, though that is ultimately up to the manager and front office of the team he plays for in the winter.