Re: The Reds signed Cesar Izturis?
Originally Posted by Edd Roush
RMR, isnt there a big difference in terms of defensive ability between Izturis and Valdez? Valdez played a pretty terrible defensive shortstop and couldnt hit, while Izturis is an above average glove at short with an equally terrible stick. Or am I wrong about Izturis' glove?
Well, don't confuse how well a guy plays defense in a limited sample with his reputation as a defender. Valdez was supposed to be pretty solid. The UZR samples with both of them in recent years are small enough so as to be basically meaningless as measures of talent. But if you want to argue that Izturis is just replacement level instead of sub-replacement, I wouldn't argue nor would I brag).
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.