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PMR: Aviles was 2008's third best defensive SS

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Following up on yesterday's posting regarding PMR's 2008 team defense results, today we find another metric that has Mike "Avilanche" Aviles as one of the top defenders at shortstop in 2008, behind only Marco Scutaro (!) and the ageless Omar Vizquel. Jeter is way down... although not as far down as Tony Pena, Jr. Also posted are the rankings for the second basemen. Grudz ended up just below Alexei Ramirez and Luis Castillo, while Alberto Callaspo is 5th-from-last, wedged between defensive monsters Aaron Miles and Ray Durham. As always, the usual caveats about defensive metrics apply, particularly with regard to a one season (or less) sample in relation to to "true talent."

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