The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached agreement on a minor league contract with free agent Eugenio Velez, a once-promising prospect who never seemed to gain a major league foothold during his five seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization and who suffered the unusual indignity this fall of not being offered a contract by the Giants despite not yet being eligible for arbitration.
Really, there can't possibly be any more rousing endorsement than the one Tony Jackson just gave Eugenio Velez. And Jackson isn't even mentioning his OPS+ of 48 this past year (.164 BA, .555 OPS)! Nothing but pure offensive excitement, ladies and gentlemen.
Is this as bad as the biggest oil spill of all time pre-Gulf BP? Maybe not. But I find it hard to believe this low-octane offense will fuel our way to success.
photo: Bob Levey / AP. Oh wait, it already says that! My bad.