Shifting, of course, doesn't make you a better defensive team if the players can't pick it. Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon has been anointed the "King of Shifts" but his Rays committed more errors than any other team in the AL last year.
It's no coincidence that the Rays overhauled their infield this season, adding James Loney at first, Kelly Johnson at second and Yunel Escobar at shortstop. They expect those three newcomers will "turn what was an uncharacteristic weakness in 2012 into a strength this season," Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune writes.
"Getting back to a high standard of defense is really important," Maddon said in that story. "It's there. The defense is going to be there. We got pitchers who are going to put the ball on the ground and we'll be in the right spots [defensively]."
The Red Sox added some speed in the outfield this offseason with Shane Victorino, but in terms of personnel, offense is still clearly their focus. Look no further than at short, as Boston has been leaning toward shortstops who can hit almost exclusively since Orlando Cabrera's defense helped them win a World Series title in 2004.
The Orioles, as alluded to earlier, leaned heavily on an improved defense in the second half of last season. They have Gold Glovers stationed at five positions, and Chris Davis has made it clear he wants to make it six.