For all the talk of great speed with Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford in the outfield, Andre Ethier is not too shabby of a defender for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ethier is not the quickest outfielder, but he reads the baseball at an elite level, using his anticipation to cut off triples to doubles. In the last three seasons, Ethier has recorded only four errors in 721 chances.
In 2010, Ethier was top-five in the National League in outfield assists with eight, proving over his career an ability to use his arm effectively. The quality arm that Ethier possesses is undervalued in baseball, but possesses importance for stats like WAR.
Ethier does not possess a cannon, like Vladimir Guerrero, but do not discount the value of defense especially in the gap-friendly confines of Chavez Ravine. Plus, outside of Michael Bourn, who is a true center fielder, no better defensive fielder is available on the market this offseason.