Defensive runs saved and Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre vs. Michael Young
Among Third Basemen, 2010 Season
Defensive Runs Saved -- Beltre: +10, Young: -13
DRS rank -- Beltre: 7th, Young: 19th*
WAR -- Beltre: 7.1, Young: 2.3
WAR Rank -- Beltre: 2nd, Young: 14th
* Last among qualified 3B
So what does all of this mean? Well, assuming both players contribute roughly the same defensive performance as they did last season, the move from Young to Beltre -- on only the defensive side of the ball -- would result in approximately a 2-win increase.
Also, while the general assumption has been that Beltre has been a disappointment in non-contract years, that is only relatively true. Yes, his two best seasons by WAR have come prior to becoming a free agent (2004, 2010). But even in his "down" seasons, he's been decidedly better than Young, outpacing him in WAR in 4 of the last 5 seasons. (source: Fangraphs.com)
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