Originally Posted by dougdirt
He is adequate I guess. Rather have Janish if we needed an every day guy though, without a second thought.
Let's talk intangibles. I don't know Valdez at all, except mostly for his pitching performance in that long game.
But on the margins, isn't there some benefit to having a bench player who has been through pennant races and won playoff series?
I'm not suggesting that I'd replace Joey Votto with a guy known primarily for intangibles.
But I'd have to think that Valdez adds more to a ballclub than a Valaika or a Janish because of his experience on winning ballclubs.
I do believe that's how the Reds are thinking about this. It's not very sabermetric, and certainly you'd prefer a much more accomplished, talented player over a Valdez, Valaika, or Janish type.
But at the level of a backup shortstop, I think the experience, leadership, winning background factor means something.