Beltre offers little downside for the Sox 

January, 5, 2010
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In adding Adrian Beltre, the Red Sox continue to remodel. By signing one of the game's premier defensive third basemen, the Sox now have one of the best-fielding lineups in the game, with plus defenders at potentially five positions and the only question marks on defense in center (where Jacoby Ellsbury's defensive value is a subject of much debate) and behind the plate.

Combine those defenders' ability to turn balls in play into outs with the six-deep rotation -- including new addition John Lackey and perhaps a bounceback season from Daisuke Matsuzaka (who threw much better late in the season after he came off the DL) -- and Boston should be among the league leaders in fewest runs allowed.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer

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