Why do teams keep useless players?
I have long wondered why teams often keep very useless players on the team and I still can't figure out why. Players like Enrique Wilson, Brian Jordan, Bobby Higginson, Roger Cedeno, Quentin McCracken, Carlos Baerga, Christian Guzman and Luis Rivas (to name a few) always seem to get a spot on the 25-man roster and over the last 4 years they have all been pretty worthless. None of these guys can hit their weight (which keeps getting higher each year), none are defensive wizards, and none of add speed to the lineup, so what makes them so special that they beat out the other 500+ players that are cut in spring training?
Why is it that they always make the rosters? A team usually has 1-AAA, 1-AA, 3-A and 1-R and there are always a bunch of fa's out there that are not signed, with all of those bodies, you'd think that a team could find a replacement for any of the guys above. You might say it is for their veteran leadership, well I have 2 arguments against that: 1) If you want some veteran leadership fine, but sign a veteran player that is useful not a detriment to the team, 2) You may say he is good with young players and like an extra coach on the bench. Well if that is the case then you need to get new coaches because you shouldn't need extra coaches and if the coaches you have can't teach your players well they shouldn't be coaching.
Next you might say it is bad contracts that keep him around, well if you have to already pay him and he is so bad, why not cut him and bring someone up, it is only (cheap in baseball terms) $316,000 more than say the 11 million already owed to Bobby Higginson (using him because he is listed above) and most likely will help the team out. I know it is hard to admit a mistake, but it is better to admit a mistake and fix it then just keep ignoring it because it won't improve that way.
I don't have an answer, but hopefully one day I will and if I ever find it out I promise to share it with the world of baseball fans. If you know the answer or even have a different opinion why, I'd love to hear it.