Some time back Lucchie opined:
So wrong....A great defensive shortstop is more valuable than a great offensive shortstop. A shortstop can save more hits and runs with his glove than he can ever produce with a bat.
Top 10 SS oWAR career ended after 1965:Look at teams that have won with a SS that could not hit. The Mendoza line crew of Mark Bellanger, Ozzie Smith (could not hit early in his career), Don Kessinger, and Al Weiss with the Mets could never hit. And, there are many who hit around .250 and won. How many great hitting shortstops have won a World Championship compared to great defensive shortstops? I'd take Iglesias now, with a .180 average, rather than sign Reyes. From what I understand, he is better defensively than Reyes, and thus more valuable IMHO.
Top 10 SS dWAR career ended after 1965:
Ozzie S.: 43.4
C Ripken: 34.6
G Gagne: 18.8
Geez, 10th highest offensive player has a higher oWAR than the highest dWAR player... So much for that misconception.