Red Sox embracing their young talent

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to

BALTIMORE — It used to be that baseball executives were concerned about having too many young guys in a lineup.

Too much breaking-in time. Too many mistakes.

A veteran, established team can’t have young guys messing things up. No more than one young guy a year; that was the way it used to be.

But the Red Sox don’t have to be concerned about that. They’re looking to blow up conventional wisdom a year after winning the World Series.

They tried to re-sign veteran Stephen Drew, but he rejected their $14.1 million qualifying offer. That opened the door for Xander Bogaerts — the second-youngest player in baseball behind Bryce Harper — at shortstop, which meant Will Middlebrooks would start at third.

If Drew had accepted the offer, Bogaerts would be at third and Middlebrooks would have been on the bench or at Pawtucket.

Full story for subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to

Just 99 cents for four weeks.