Posada Still Has Use; Bloomquist Doesn’t (And Never Really Did)

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Jorge Posada won’t be returning to the Yankees and sounds intent on playing in 2012.

Posada can still play and if he’s willing to do some catching, he’s going to be even more valuable to a team that signs him.

Regardless of age, injuries and benchings in 2011, Posada still had 28 extra base hits in 387 plate appearances; he only batted .235 but a large part of that was his ineptitude batting right-handed (.092 in 71 plate appearances); against righties, he batted .269, which is fine for a platoon player who can catch and has pop.

Posada’s on base percentage was still .80 above his batting average and he’s relentless in his at bats.

He absolutely can and will help someone on and off the field.

On the other hand, we have the bizarre interest in Willie Bloomquist that multiple clubs seem to have had.

I asked this when the Royals signed him and I’m asking it now as the Diamondbacks retained him with a 2-year, $3.8 million contract: What does he do?

He can play multiple positions (though none particularly well).

He can steal a base (but 20 for 30 is not a good ratio).

He has no power nor does he get on base at a notable clip.

This is a player for whom WAR is an valuable metric because for his career, he’s a 1.6 WAR player and that’s including the two seasons in which he was more than 1 full win above negative. Every other year he was around zero.

It’s telling.

He doesn’t do anything.

Oh, and the Giants apparently offered Bloomquist a 2-year deal for $4.6 million. Perhaps since Mark DeRosa‘s wasted contract is off their books, the Giants wanted another player who provides nothing. The difference being that DeRosa has been a good player in the past and there was a logic to signing him if he was healthy—he just wasn’t.

With Bloomquist, it’s tossing money into the trash.

When the Royals signed him as a free agent before the 2009 season, GM Dayton Moore repeatedly referenced the fact that Bloomquist was a “hustling” player. I said then that Bloomquist has to hustle because the day he stops hustling is the day he no longer has a job as a baseball player.

Since there are inexplicable bidding wars for a non-entity player, I must’ve been wrong in that respect.

And I still don’t know why.

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