FTR, while I think Valdespin's future is in a utility role, not sure I understand him being promoted for what is surely a bench role right now, except if its extremely short term. Think Lutz, also on 40 man, deserves a lot more consideration for that, considering his handedness and skillset, as well as where he is as a player vs. where Valdespin is. Not sure Lutz has much more to give than what he's showing now, while Jordany could certainly still use some refining.
In any event, I applaud any retooling of this god-awful, highly-redundant in spots bench.
ESPN's article on the new labor deal from November:
• Teams are going to be allowed to expand to a 26-man roster for day-night doubleheaders -- assuming those doubleheaders are scheduled with at least 48 hours' notice. That's a recommendation of Bud Selig's special committee for on-field matters.
I'm not sure I understand the significance of why it needs to be day-night and why it needs to have 48 hours of notice, but there it is.
Could it be he's here to be activated after game 1, when Miguel Batista is given the proverbial golden watch after eating innings and throwing enough pitches where he won't be available for a few days anyway!?
That makes 0 sense, since you'd promote an arm to take his place in the Game 2 bullpen, but its the situation that makes me happiest, so I'll go with that.
Doesn't sound like anyone else is reacting to it being the 26-man rule, so I guess he's right now.
I don't really like it. I think Valdespin's future role is more utility player than starter, but I don't think he's ready to handle Major League pitching. The corresponding move should be interesting; have to imagine either Cedeno or Turner will be on the hook. Turner is a TC favorite so maybe they cut Cedeno who really doesn't have much of a purpose on this roster anyway.
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