Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
I don't know, the Dodgers appear to have enough money to legally buy a human being at this point.
And this is what comes from having too much money and trying to have a "star" at every position.
The Dodgers have a 28 year old Mexican born 3rd baseman who has been given up on by several organizations but came in mid season last year and put up a 297/322/421 in dodger stadium which is exactly in line with what his minor league results say he should be able to do.
Ok, this isn't a star, but it's a useful player and by the standards of major league base salaries, he's free and latin born players can become minor cult figures in south California.
What do you do with a 28 year old player like that? Replace him with a 38 year old Scott Rolen who over the last two years can't stay in the lineup for more than 100 game, can't hit 250 and can't slug over 400....at GAB? Yeah, what do you think Rolen's line is going to look like when he gets to hit in the National league west? How dysfunctional would an organization have to be to think that's a good strategy? Sure you don't hand Luis Cruz the starting job and guarentee him 600 at bats....but....
I guess next to Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis and Jerry Hairston, Rolen will look healthy and ...what the hey....they are still paying Juan Uribe 8 million next year. Wow. Nick Punto is probably the best option after Cruz....Who goes out of their way to collect players like this?
Meaning no disrespect to Rolen, but his value to the Reds is his value in the clubhouse. Anyone else that would offer him money or playing time indicates a GM who isn't paying attention.