Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/31/12
After trading utility infielder Wilson Valdez for a minor league pitcher in January, things have gone steadily downhill since then. In an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic earlier this month, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. finally admitted that the Valdez trade was “foolish.” His exact quote was, “It was foolish to trade Wilson Valdez” and Amaro then admitted if he could go back in time, he would take Valdez back. I knew that in January. Why didn’t Amaro? Obviously, he did not see the train coming before it ran him over this spring training. You cannot predict injuries, but even I knew that Chase Utley would be a big question mark this year after last year’s chronic knee issues. Sure enough, he is out and no one knows when he will return. Adding to the disaster at second base, Michael Martinez has a broken foot and will be out until at least May. To begin with, I’d have taken Valdez over Martinez anyway. But again, Valdez is gone. And first base is going to be an adventure as well with Ryan Howard ...
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