Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
The millionth time? This is only probably the 2nd time I recall hearing that...........so Im must have missed the other 999,998 times.
The love affair is the dislike affair I have with Valdez and the need for this team to stockpile Ray Oyler/Darrel Chaney type MI.
One at a time and all teams have them because if he could hit, he'd be a starter. Good glove, good hit guys in the infield have starting jobs because it is a coveted set of skills, and is also not common enough for most/any teams to have benches with good hitting, good D infielders. Most teams trade one for the other even for their starters because there is not enough to go around the league, much less a lower revenue team like the Reds. He can hit enough to keep a job and has been useful to keep the D in tact so that a starter can rest. Who knows what intangibles he is bringing to the table, but Charlie Manuel loves the guy for that reason. He's even contributed offensively in some of his starts.
I'm not sure what your expectations are for that role. Hopefully they find an upgrade for him in the offseason, and at least we aren't in a position to have Janish or Descalso as our every day starting shortstop like two playoff contenders now are.
BTW, Ray Oyler was an everyday SS in an era when he wasn't that unusual. He eventually was replaced though, but held a job for his glove. Chaney was a bench player, period. I think the Braves gave him some starting opportunities, but only because they were Houston Astros bad at the time.
Valdez is being used for a role that is needed and guys like Gregorius and Hamilton can develop and become useful assets either in a trade or in a Reds uniform.