Originally Posted by texasdave
Oh, and yes, this was another crappy acquisition. Are we trying to corner the market on replacement level utility men? What does Valdez bring to this club that you don't already get with Cairo, Harris, Janish, Frazier, Valaika, etc? Unless Walt and Dusty foresee a lot of 19-inning games this season, I just don't get it.
Valdez' career stat line: .290/.330/.620. OPS+ of 67. So it looks like he can't get on base, he has no power at all. What is the point again?
Todd Frazier is a much better bench option. Of course Valdez is 33 so there always the Veteran Creaminess factor.
I would have kept Horst.
Id rather have Heisey start over Ludwick and Frasier on the 25 man, but in general, acquiring guys like Francis, Harris, and Navarro is a big win IMO if it means they have some decent depth at the minor league level with big league experience.
I think everyone is losing sight of how many players get called up to any big league team during the course of a season. Remember how many players the Reds were forced to use last year?