Beltre offers little downside for the Sox 

January, 5, 2010

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