Last season, I developed a philosophy for fantasy baseball. Expect teams to do the dumbest thing possible. It makes me appear far less insane when I'm not screaming "God dammit Tracy, play Ryan Doumit!" to no one in particular. Yeah, I feel really good about myself when I pick up these obscure players, but it does me no good when they sit their and watch Humberto Cota try in a vain attempt to hit a baseball. Of course, I didn't actually follow that philosphy and kept Chad Billingsley this year. Fat lot of good he'll do me for a while.
Since I realize no one cares about my fantasy team, that little anecdote had a point. The Dodgers are doing exactly what I expected them to do by doing the worst thing possible.
First we have not one, but two reporters claiming that Wilson Valdez could make the 25 man roster since he's out of options. Valdez's case is one that seems to scream "lack of planning". He was placed on the 40 man roster for reasons unknown. If I had to guess it would be that Ned Colletti assumed someone wanted to take Valdez in the Rule V draft and keep him on the active roster for a year. An odd decision, but, I guess I can see the logic behind it. This solved Colletti's Valdez problems for three, maybe four months, but now we have another Valdez related problem. Since Wilson Valdez is now on the 40 man roster, he needs to be optioned to the minors if he doesn't make the team. Problem is he's out of options, and will be exposed to waivers if he's sent down.
Now I can see why Colletti would be scared of someone taking Valdez. After all Valdez had a .747 OPS last year, and that's pretty darn good for a shortstop. If we didn't have Rafael Furcal I would be happy to have him as the st...what, those numbers were in AAA? In an extreme hitters park? Where he OPSed .597 on the road? And he has a career minor league OPS of .685? And we already have a utility infielder who can't hit on the bench? So, we're scared someone will pick this guy up off waivers...why? It can be argued that Ramon Martinez is a waste of a roster spot with Wilson Betemit on the team. Packing Valdez and Martinez on the same bench is, to put it lightly, the worst thing anyone ever could possibly do.
In other roster news, with there being absolutely no reason to not use Hong-Chih Kuo as the fifth starter this season with Chad Billingsley in the bullpen, the Dodgers will likely decide to not use Hong-Chih Kuo as the fifth starter this season. They'll just settle for Brett Tomko in the fifth spot. After all, you know what you're going to get from Brett Tomko. 170-200 below average innings, but there's something comforting about that. Come to think of it, I bet Ned Colletti enjoys McDonalds a lot more than the average man does. If you want to know why I root for Tomko and Joe Mays to fail during the Spring, this is why.
Having this amazing farm system doesn't do us much good if we don't, you know, use it.
In other, happier news
Dodger prospect Greg Miller is becoming a starting pitcher yet again. Miller tore up high A and AA ball as an 18 year old, until shoulder injuries derailed his career. After missing two seasons, Miller regained his prospect status with a strong year in Jacksonville and Las Vegas last year. I'm not sure if it will work out, Miller's control has been terrible since he's come back (33 walks in 37 innings last year), but it's nice to see the Dodgers try.