Thanks to The Fielding Bible, a new treatise from John Dewan on the defensive merits of major league players and teams, we have just that.
Perhaps Astros fans should pipe down about the club's inability to push through a proposed trade that would have sent Everett and Roy Oswalt to the Orioles for the big bat of Miguel Tejada at the nonwaiver trading deadline.
They should read a four-page essay from the esteemed Bill James detailing the ways in which Everett is superior to Derek Jeter and how Everett easily was the best at the position the past three seasons.
Dewan's sleep-deprived crew at Baseball Info Solutions came to that conclusion after watching video of every game played in that span and charting the direction, distance, type and result of every ball put in play.
The resulting plus-minus system, in which every fielder (catchers excluded) was assigned a rating based on how he fared against an average defender at his position, greatly advanced the cause of defensive sabermetrics.
Everett was assigned a plus-76 for the past three years, well ahead of the Pirates' Jack Wilson (plus-50), who was ranked second. Tejada, at plus-15, ranked 11th. Jeter (minus-64) was 30th, and Rangers All-Star Michael Young (minus-73) ranked 31st and last.