As many of you know, much has been made about our new and improved infield defense. And granted, it should be solid, if not spectacular, with Encarnacion hopefully improving at 3rd and Phillips and AGon forming one of the better up the middle duos in the division, if not the league.
However... what about our outfield defense? If Griffey and Dunn play a significant amount of games (very iffy in regards to Griffey, but still) our outfield defense will be well below average. Dunn will make the great play occasionally, and botch an easy one just as often, and while I love Griffey, he's got the range of a statue at this point.
The outfield defense as presently constituted is a problem, especially with a primarily fly ball pitching staff. I just worry that the great infield defense will be negated by our fly ball pitcher's, and an outfield defense that will at least start the year out well below average.
I wish there was an easy solution to this, but outside of trades or someone getting hurt, there's no other way around it. I don't see a trade happening at this point and you never know about injuries. Dunn is anchored in left, and so is Griffey in center (or right???) as long as he's healthy. Deno, Freel and other's (if they get enough playing time) will help when they're in there, but will that be enough?
Here's hoping that the ENTIRE defense is solid, and not just the infield. You can't put together one half of a painting and declare it a work of art when the other half of the canvas is completely blank...