Why Is Dewayne Wise Still on the Roster?

Joe SlowikCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 8:  Dewayne Wise #31 of the Chicago White Sox follows his hit against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on June 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I'll lead this off by saying thank you to DeWayne Wise for the big catch in the ninth inning of Mark Buehrle's perfect game. It was an excellent play, and Sox fans will remember it for a very long time.

However, that was one of the few good things he's done for the Sox over the last two years, and I'm really not sure why he's still on the roster.

The Sox traded Brian Anderson and sent down Josh Fields in order to keep this 31 year old outfielder that has spent most of his career in the minors.

I can see why they previously needed him. Carlos Quentin was still on the DL and they didn't have many other options in the outfield. Hey, at least he wasn't Brent Lillibridge.

However, his role keeps shrinking, and he hasn't been designated for assignment yet.

When Quentin returned, they no longer had to start either Wise or Anderson in the outfield, so one of them was on their way out. The Sox decided to keep the older and less talented player for some reason.

They had another perfect opportunity to let him go after the acquisition of Mark Kotsay. Surely this meant the end of the Wise era in Chicago since Kotsay does basically the same things as Wise.

The excuses that we've heard in the past were that Wise is left-handed, plays decent defense in center field (Anderson is a much better fielder than him, but I digress), and is a good pinch runner off the bench. Kotsay can do all of those things and is a better hitter than Wise, which doesn't really take much.

So of course that meant that Josh Fields got sent down and we're going to see Kotsay as our backup first baseman.

It amazes me how many concessions the Sox are making in order to keep a journeyman outfielder that can't hit major league pitching. Wise is currently posting a horrendous .553 OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) and shows few signs of life at the plate.

I'm not trying to say that Anderson or Fields are great players that we should have kept at all costs. You could make a strong case that none of them should really be on a major league roster right now.

However, at least they're only 27 and 26 respectively, have actual roles on the team and at least occasionally have some value at the plate.

I just don't understand why the Sox are going out of their way to keep a guy that has a career stat line of .210/.250/.372 and has no upside whatsoever. Seriously, I'm open to suggestions.

So again, thanks for saving Buehrle's perfect game Dewayne, but I really hope that it doesn't mean you're going to be on the Sox for the foreseeable future.