Yes, you just can't compromise your fielding. Cruz misplayed a single and llowed a run to score when the runner should have been held to second base. McClouth was an excellent fielder and his replacment is said to be as well. And of course Cruz is noted as a poor fielder and a designated hitter. It has been said tht his ply in the field this Spring was better than expected.
Last year the Orioles had one of the very best defenses in the league, maybe the best and they didn't make the playoffs. Do you think that by replacing an excellent fielder with a poor one who strikes out and hits home runs will improve the team? I say no, but we'll have to see won't we?
On a related note, on the way home yesterday I heard a caller to The Fan (I know, I shouldn't listen to them) whining about how somebody else needed to play 3B until Manny gets back because Flaherty is so bad. He contended that his error cost us the 6-2 second game. One of the hosts replied with something like: I thought the ball Napoli crushed to CF cost us the game.
I hope we all agree that Flaherty is a solid defensive player and that that bad play was an aberration.
Anyway, point being, one play in one game is not necessarily how it will be for the season. We'll have to see if Cruz's occasional (we hope) defensive lapses hurt more than his expected good offense helps.