I think Dave Cameron likes the Sox signing:
Beltre isn’t just a good defender. He is in the conversation of the
best defensive third baseman of all time. Since 2002, the first year we
have UZR data available here on the site, Beltre has put up a total of
+104.5. That’s an average of +14 per 150 games over an eight year span.
Forget complaints about small sample size or year to year variations –
+14 UZR/150 over eight years is impossible to fluke.
It isn’t just the numbers, either. When you watch Beltre play third
base, you are amazed at the things he can do. He has perfected the
charge on a bunt – no one in baseball comes in on the ball as well as
he does. His lateral range is hilarious at times, as he regularly
fields balls that are hit directly at the shortstop, just because he
can. He has a great arm, often throwing lasers across the field without
transferring his weight, showing pure arm strength.
But don’t take my word for it – take the word of the fans who filled out Tom Tango’s scouting report project.
Beltre grades out as the best third baseman in the game, rating a 4.56
out of a possible 5, and only five players in the game were graded out
higher than Beltre.