So, Beltre would provide much better defense with similar offense but at a higher price tag. Is that pretty much accurate?
I would question any metric that has Chipper Jones anywhere near the top. He is generally regarded as a poor defender at every position he has played.
BP ran an article on Chipper earlier this year about the fact he still had a lot of work to do with the to be HOFer because he has been such a poor defender.
The Reds need 3 or 4 OBP injections into the lineup , not 1 or 2.
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I miss Adam Dunn.
I'd love this acquisition. Then get a SS and another RH bat for LF and we're ready to go -- as long as Dickerson can handle CF.
I wonder how much stock you should put into a range factor with 3b? In reality most of the balls get on you so quickly that it is more of a quick reaction than it is range. The 3b does need to be able to charge the week hit balls down the line but at the same time how often does a 3b take more than a step or two to get to a ball?
The troubling thing with Edwin is his inability to make good throws when he fields a routine ball. I don't see much of a problem with Edwin's range, rather his accuracy on his throws. He kind of reminds me of Lopez throwing issue as a Red.
While I think he is horrible at the position MOST OF THE TIME, unless one of our big signings this offseason involves a third baseman, then move him...if that doesn't happen, leave him there and get him some intense coaching on fielding and THROWING THE AS IT PERTAINS TO THE ROUTINE PLAY.
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I would keep him there, just because I would love to see him get every opportunity to get it right. If he did his value would improve dramatically. I realize people get weary of seeing the problems but it's not as if he doesn't have the necc. talent to be good there. Bye that I mean he has enough arm strength, range, hands and reaction time to do it all. If he didn't have the talent it would be an easy descision to move him. Obviously it's an acquired skill, as it is a mechanical problem for him. I realize it gets old seeing him throw balls away but people need to keep this in perspective, he's played 3 1/2 seasons of major league defense at 3B not 7,8 or 10 years. Granted he should have figured it out by now but to say definitively that he cannot do it might be a tad shortsighted. And with the way his bat may be starting to blossom and at his current pricetag he's worth the risk to wait another year. BTW Mike Schmidt was a 10 time GG and had many seasons (7) of over 20 errors. Mike though had better range and a monster offensive game but he still tossed plenty of balls away.
That said it's in Walt's and Dusty's hands now and if they figure it's time to move on with EE at a different position I would understand it. And if they do a solid alternative (as I wrote in another thread) would be Casey Blake who wouldn't cost us any prospects and not near the money Beltre would make. And he would fit nicely as a stopgap until we can find out if Frazier or Soto can be the guy beyond '09-'10.
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defensive stats are good for giving a general idea and that is about it. EE is not a good 3rd baseman. Most stats and my eyes tell me that Scott Rolen and Ryan Zimmerman top the list after that.
An aging Beltre should be expected to provide average defense. Might he be better? Sure but I wouldn't count on it.
I am sure we all remember the wonderful anecdotal evidence on the gold glove play of ALex Gonzalez when he signed with the Reds ... however, what he provided was far from that.
In the end this team has serious offensive and defensive issues to overcome to get anywhere near being a playoff team. I would expect that Jocketty better be targeting players that can provide help in both areas.
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Flyer mentions the "aging" Beltre which brings up an interesting question, at least for me. Beltre turns 30 right around opening day 2009. Is he at an age where we should expect his defense to start declining? If so, how much?
"On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."