Re: Final spot of RedsZone's postseason roster
Does experience really matter if you suck?
If a player has a long track record of very poor production and poor defense should he really be given credit for having "experience"?
Sometimes experience is a bad thing. Sometimes a guy's experience proves he simply is not a good player.
What is the value of experience? Experience is good if you have a track record of playing well in pressure situations in the playoffs. If you have proven you can handle the pressure and still play well that is valuable. If you have been through some pressure situations and failed then your experience is not a good thing.
When it comes to guys like Valdez and Cairo their experience is totally meaningless. They are simply bad baseball players. They have proven themselves to be unreliable in high pressure situations, unreliable in low pressure situations, unreliable in playoff games, unreliable in regular season games -- unreliable all the time. I don't see how this experience is a point in their favor when it comes to building a playoff roster.
If a guy is one of the absolute worst players in the major leagues (and both Valdez and Cairo are among the worst 10 players in the major leagues) then it simply doesn't matter how much experience they have. If they can't hit on a normal day then how should we expect them to hit in the playoffs? If they are poor fielders during the regular season how will they do when their knees are a little extra wobbly in the playoffs?
I find it very surprising how many people here in the ORG think it is a good idea to put those guys on the roster. The Reds have better options, not great options, but definitely better options despite the fact they don't have experience. If one guy has proven himself to be terrible then it is likely wise to go with someone else that might not be terrible. Terrible is a given when it comes to Valdez and Cairo.