So Long, Terry Tiffee

I think I outlined the reasons for not being so thrilled with the Angel Berroa acquisition pretty clearly yesterday, so I won’t rehash them again. But what’s the only thing worse than making a bad decision? Compounding it with another bad decision:

Shortstop Angel Berroa, acquired Friday night from Kansas City, arrived in time for Saturday’s game, necessitating the removal of infielder Terry Tiffee from the roster.

Tiffee was designated for assignment, giving the Dodgers 10 days to trade, release or outright him if he clears waivers. His departure leaves the Dodgers a little thin for corner infielders, a situation that could be solved by the promotion of Andy LaRoche. That move could accompany the demotion to Triple-A of Chin-lung Hu, whose role is being taken by Berroa.

In order to get Berroa onto both the 25 and 40-man rosters, someone was going to have to go. Hey, I hate to use such a hackneyed blind comparison chart as I’m about to use, but sometimes it’s a cliche because it just works:
 

  Player 1 Player 2

Age

29

38

Hits

Switch

Left

Fields

1B/3B/LF/RF

1B/LF

2008:

.422/.464/.609 (AAA)

.130/.226/.174 (MLB)

Hey, one of those guys looks to be a little more valuable than the other, no?

Obviously, Player 1 is Tiffee and Player 2 is the utterly useless Mark Sweeney. So let me get this straight. You’ve got a younger player who can play more positions, hit from both sides of the place, and has been absolutely murdering the ball in AAA. Yet, you decide to just cut him in order to keep a player who’s 9 years older, can barely play the field, and has a OPS+ of SIX? I just can’t fathom the logic that goes into decisions like this. After dominating the PCL for two months, Tiffee got all of four at-bats in the bigs (collecting a hit, which puts him 1/6th of the way towards Sweeney’s season total). And now he’s told to hit the road so a player who’s clearly inferior in every single way can stick around. It just blows the mind sometimes.

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