November 22, 2005

The Da Vidro Code

Every since Marlon Anderson showed up on our roster I've been trying to come up with a rationale for the signing that doesn't include "Trader Jim is attempting to screw us on his way out the door to Boston." It hasn't been easy. But there is one piece of information floating around that might be the key to interpreting JimBo's new infielder mania. What the hell is up with Jose Vidro's knees?

The latest report is that Vidro will, once again, forgo surgery and continue attempting to rehab his right knee. This marks at least the second time that Jose has delayed the operation this offseason, and the third or fourth if you count from the middle of 2005. All these delays seem to have the blessing of various surgeons and team doctors, including St. James of Birmingham, patron saint of ligament repair, but it does make me wonder. The Nats front office, in this case at least, probably know things that the wider fanbase does not. Are they preparing for life without Vidro in 2006?

Damian Jackson and Marlon Anderson combined are set to make just over $1.6 million this year. That's a lot to pay for two utilitymen/pinch hitters, but it's reasonable for a 2B platoon. Now if Vidro were definitely going to be out next season, that money would be better spent on Junior Spivey, Mark Grudzielanek or another full-time second baseman. But since Jose's health in no worse than uncertain, you don't want to spend $3 or $4 million on a back-up 2B.

If there's any validity to my entirely unfounded speculation, JimBo's obsessive hording of infielders becomes a little more understandable. You can still question whether Jackson/Anderson is a better 2B platoon than Carroll/Harris/Short, and I would, but at least that's more of a traditional baseball argument and less a discussion about whether GM pro tempore Bowden has gone off his meds again.

5 comments:

Basil said...

The possibility has definitely crossed my mind, too. I don't quite understand why one would really want to platoon Jackson and Anderson, but whatever . . .

Of course, this hints at sort of inconsistent cross-purposes. For instance, Anderson has been forced to become a pinch-hitting extraordinaire because regular work exposed him. But, should the regular go down, we've got some regular work for him . . .

And, yes, I realize that bench players tend to be bench players because they are exposed as regulars. ;-)

Nate said...

Jim Bowden at inconsistent cross-purposes? The devil you say! :)

JammingEcono said...

If JimBo can move Vidro's contract, I say do it, especially if it gets us some decent prospects. I fear that the moss-covered concrete in Montreal has permanently f'ed up Vidro's knees.

Farid said...

I agree -- Jose Vidro WAS one of the best 2nd baseman in baseball for years. Today, his weight has worn down his knees faster than someone at his position. I'm sure there is a Yankee-esque type team out there willing pay the man's salary. Junior Spivey is a former all-star; he could be again.

Chris Needham said...

If Jim Bowden could trade Vidro for anything, I'd take back everything bad I've ever said about the guy! Vidro needs to be given his gold watch, and shown the door, especially before the team is paying him $8.5 million in 2008!1!?1?!?!!

Thanks, Omar! If you were going to sign ONE Expo to a long-term deal, you picked the wrong one!