I think we're bogging down some other threads with a tangential discussion of defense so perhaps this thread can serve as a catch-all for the defensive diversions. I'm not entirely sure but I think these two statements summarize where we're at in the other threads:
POINT: Gomes is a terrible defender who gives away a ton of his bat's value with his glove. He's probably worth the money being paid to him. Chris Heisey is likely to outproduce him given the chance.
COUNTERPOINT: You overvalue defenseOK, discuss!POINT: Orlando Cabrera is a poor defender who would give back his offensive value if he had any offensive value. He's way overpaid for his production. Paul Janish has similar value for a lot less money.
COUNTERPOINT: You overvalue defense and you're fat