Re: CF Defense, is it that important?
Is CF defense important? Ya.
Doug's hypothetical of a 26 play difference would roughly translate into a 20 run or 2 WAR difference.
The question is how big will the gap between the gloves AND bats be between Stubbs and Choo and can Dusty do things to minimize the negatives defensively?
In an earlier Choo thread, I supposed Choo's defensive value in CF might be something like -10 runs. While bad, if he can manage that, he'd be a significant upgrade overall assuming his bat performs as expected.
If he slumps at the plate a bit and is as bad in CF as some scouts seem to suggest he might be, then the calculus changes dramatically.
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