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Report: Red Sox will be most improved defensive team in ’10

03.23.10 at 7:01 pm ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — According to the John Dewan Stat of the Week, the Red Sox are expected to make the biggest defensive improvement in baseball in 2010. According to the analysis of Dewan, whose Plus/Minus Ratings to measure a player’s defensive performance have become one of the most widely used defensive metrics, the Sox will go from a team whose porous defense was 52 runs below average in 2009 to one whose offseason transformation projects to result in a defense that is 35 runs better than average.

While the Sox’ defense would still not place in the projected top five in the majors by Dewan’s projections, the team’s defensive improvement of 87 runs would be the largest of any of the 30 clubs in the majors. That projection reflects the offseason acquisitions of Marco Scutaro, Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre, as well as the move from center to left by Jacoby Ellsbury.

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