Originally Posted by redsfan30
The stance I hate most about this board is if you're over a certain age, you're worthless.
I don't think anyone has ever said that. I'm sure everyone here would agree that Roger Clemens would be a great asset, and he's quite old for a ballplayer. The problem with "veteran presence" is that it often results in acquiring players like Tony Womack and Royce Clayton and giving them extended playing time, or signing Juan Castro to an extension. But if you can get a veteran ballplayer who can still produce and provide much needed guidance to young players, that's a good pickup. Of course, all this talk that the club needs "veteran presence" makes it sound like the Reds are fielding a team of rookies. There's a lot of veteran presence on the team already. What it lacks is the presence of talent, particularly in the bullpen pitching department.