Matt LaPorta's Gold Just May Rust

Christopher J. FarinoContributor IMay 12, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 13:  Matt Laporta of the Cleveland Indians playing for the United States Olympic Team takes fielding practice before the 2008 XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July13, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The awaited Matt LaPorta Goldmine has yet to deliver even a small nugget to fantasy prospectors at this point, mostly because Indian manager Eric Wedge is trying to find a line-up "that works."

Unfortunately, on most days, those line-ups haven't included Matt LaPorta.

Really Wedge? Are you thinking maybe 35-year-old veteran David Dellucci still might pan out? Maybe Ryan Garko might get hot and hit his second home run?

This explains a lot about why the Indians stink. You bring up a hot-hitting prospect...and bench him till he is nice and cold. Not to mention sticking him at the bottom of the line-up with no protection. Way to build his confidence.

And you didn't think gold could rust.  Only in Cleveland. 

At this point LaPorta would have been better off staying in Triple-A and getting at bats rather than to be playing for Wedge.

A bit of good news for LaPorta owners is that he made his first start at first base (his natural position). This could eventually make him eligible for first base, outfield, and corner infield in most leagues if he is not already. In addition, he could get him some more playing time.

Fantasy owners need to be patient with LaPorta and just keep him on the bench until manager Eric Wedge wakes up and smells the coffee (which will probably be drank at the kitchen table while reading the classifieds for a new job).