Sorry, but it is idiotic to have Chris Gimenez on the active roster and even more idiotic to play him.
Using a roster spot on a player like Willians Astudillo and giving him reps isn't idiotic.
One player could be a potential valuable piece to the future of the team and the other not.I am not arguing that Astudlillo has the ability to be more than a replacement level player. He might, or he might not.BUT I KNOW THAT GIMENEZ IS BELOW THAT LEVEL.
WHy the team continuously gives valuable playing time to mediocre players that are more than 30 years of age escapes all logic.
WHen it all comes down to it,this is the real problem: We are a 67-79 team that isn't a "young team".I know that we pretend that this is a young, developing squad.But it really isn't.If you look at the players with at least 100 plate appearances, only 5 of the 15 players are 26 or younger (Rosario, Sano, Polanco, Cave, Kepler).The youngest of that group, Polanco, is 24, while "young" hardly prospect level young anymore.
On the pitching staff, if you look at starters that pitched at least 100 innings or relievers who appeared in 25 games, only 2 pitchers are under the age of 25:Berrio (24) and Moya(23).
This is not a "young developing team with a lot of hope for its future".This is a collection of mediocre players and we have a management group that doesn't seem interested in doing anything more than gathering a collection of mediocre players for the team over the near term. What this means is continued mediocrity and when the next group of prospects (the Lewis, Kirillof, Rooker, etc) groups will have to go through their adjustment phase, extending the losing.
I have been very vocal stating that the proper way to go is take the adjustment phase NOW, not later.Lose lots of games but get the Gordons, Lewis', Kiriloffs and Rookers, Romeros, up starting Day 1 next season.Lose 100 games.Who cares.At least that gives some hope for the future.