Thursday, March 28, 2013
Bench Coming Into Focus
It was just announced that Juan Rivera has been released, and there are plans to have Lyle Overbay play first and Ben Francisco play as the reserve outfielder. It's a little surprising considering how well Rivera was hitting this spring, but it actually makes sense. Not in the traditional way of things making sense, but sense nonetheless. Juan Rivera was hitting well, but it's spring training, and we all know that spring training numbers are meaningless. On the other hand, Lyle Overbay was hitting .220 this spring before being released by the Red Sox, but spring training numbers are meaningless. So you see, if you're hitting well in spring, the numbers don't mean anything so DFA that guy! If you're hitting poorly in spring, the numbers don't mean anything, so open up a roster spot for that guy! Unless you're Ben Francisco in which case you earned the spot with your strong spring training numbers. Make sense?