Curtis Pride wrote:Figgins isn't as great as Beltre (nobody is close), but Figgins is still one of the top 3 defensive 3b in the league.
A full year of Wilson, plus Figgins, and Kotchman replacing Branyan at 1b more than make up for the defensive loss of Beltre.
LF will be a drop off from Endy Chavez to Balentein or Bradley, but their defense is still either the best or second best (behind Boston) in baseball.
+1. Toss in the fact he's no longer pitching in a band box, and at worst I think Lee's move is a wash. Perhaps you see fewer strikeouts as he won't be facing a pitcher and an NL 8 hitter, but he may see a better ERA as some (perhaps many) fly balls that would leave the ballpark in Philly will stay in the yard and be gobbled up in Safeco.