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March 3, 2013

To improve pitching, improve the defense

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It would, to be blunt, be difficult for him to be worse at short than Plouffe, Dozier, Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka were in 2011 and 2012. But he’ll need to be brilliant with the glove to justify his bat.

The low strikeout rates still matter. But if Dozier, Plouffe and Florimon can turn a bigger chunk of all those batted balls into outs, the low strikeout rates may not matter as much.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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