if you're playing a guy every day who cant hit, your problem is the guy who cant hit, not the DH.
The guy who cant hit would be playing anyway...if you had a better alternative, he'd already be playing.
And then the guy who cant hit would be your DH, which is what ends up happening too often when you just pick from your unused players to bat in the DH spot every day.
Cruz costs them very little flexibility. He takes the place of an extra futility infielder.
And it's all your fault because you are picking from "unused" players. You got to stop picking from "unused" players.
The Twins have been killing themselves in the fashion you describe above for decades... You and I have been watching it... we both see it but have come to different conclusions.
I love the Nelson Cruz signing... He's a special bat. He can help us win games.
But... if I had the choice: I would take Nick Castellanos over Nelson Cruz because Nick can play OF and 3B and we simply can't anticipate our future needs at 3B and OF.
Disclaimer: For everyone (Castellanos is named specifically by me for roster flexibility example purposes... this is not intended to take the discussion a different direction via a comparison of Castellanos to Cruz... I also understand that Castellanos would cost prospects to acquire and may be cost prohibitive while Cruz was a Free Agent... the inclusion of Castellanos is for example purposes only).
My dream is for a 25 man roster that can play. When that dream of mine is finally realized... we will need the DH spot to play the over flow that has been created. Over Flow is a good thing. It can give manager viable options and can be traded to restock farm systems.
Yeah... we are miles from getting there and we have always been miles from getting there.
We have year over year over year failed to find 9 players who can play, let alone asking for 25 players who can play.
I understand this but I'm saying we will never get there as long as we trade away Aaron Hicks because we have no place to put the potential overflow in the OF.
In other words... We can't handle over flow... therefore... we can't strive for over flow and must settle for Robbie Grossman or Ryan LaMarre because... we can't handle over flow and if we don't have over flow... we will perpetually live among unexpected holes.
So... if Nelson Cruz blocks a potential outlet for over flow while simultaneously taking a roster spot that could be used for potential over flow... you can't create overflow. Which leads to the problem you describe above. Playing a guy who can't hit.
I agree that the problem is the guy who can't hit... but you can't solve that problem with potential solutions eliminated.
If Max Kepler is hitting .185 in June but must play every day because we don't have anyone on the roster to replace Max Kepler. We give back any potential gains from the Cruz signing.
Castellanos could play RF. And if Castellanos could play RF... then maybe we have a place to play both Cron and Austin who are both OPS'ing over 1,000.
With that said... I am for the signing. Because Cruz is a special bat.
Ash is 100% correct... By creating flexibility at other positions... It allows you to absorb the DH only and simply enjoy the production.