Originally Posted by RedEye
It would have merit if the vets were actually outperforming the youth, which they haven't been. As is, it has just been a waste of money that could have been spent elsewhere more productively.
If you are waiting for the youth to be ready, then the vets performance compared to the youth's performance is not the decision point. The vets are buying time for your year or two away guys to be ready, or to ease the young guys into every day major league life.
For example, I like that Weathers is in the pen right now as the young guys are assuming a more prominent role in the later innings in closer games. Then, if they flip him for a prospect in a month, the young guys can attempt to take another step forward. Pretty soon, you have guys learning on the job and you hope to see the performances become more consistent in the second half of the season, and all of a sudden you don't have a lost season at all.