Purgatory Online

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Jesse Orosco will pitch for the Padres next year, at age 46. Good for him, I guess. But not so good for the Padres - Orosco pitched a total of 27 innings last year, because the Dodgers used him as their left-handed specialist (much like the Angels used Schoeneweis in the playoffs). Is it really wise to use a roster spot like this if you're not going to contend? I can definitely see a team needing someone like Orosco if they're going to compete this year (and if Orosco can keep pitching effectively to lefties), but this is more like putting a racing stripe on a Yugo.