Yet another interesting Posnanski article found here.
Here are the Reds comments:
In summary, the Reds could have found plenty of minor leaguers or free agents who could perform better than those three.7. Stick with a player who offers a skill that the team overvalues. You might put this under “improper evaluation” but I think there is something else here. Willy Taveras is probably the worst every day player in baseball. And yet he’s leading off for the Cincinnati Reds. How do you explain that? Are the Reds TRYING to lose? No, I don’t think so. I think it’s just: Willy Taveras is fast. And Dusty Baker worships speed … even if it doesn’t get the team anything. Some people fall in love with a player’s arm. Some fall in love with power. Many love speed. Sure, this goes to evaluation, but I think it’s even more specific than that.
By Baseball Prospectus’ count, there are 38 players in baseball with 300-plus plate appearances who are performing below replacement level.
– Cincinnati: Ramon Hernandez, Jay Bruce, Wily Tavarez.