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It was announced today that Jose Valentin partially tore three ligaments in his knee, and he's out for 8-10 weeks. LAist never ever wants a player to get hurt. But is it possible this is a blessing in disguise for the Dodgers? This was the Paul DePodesta offseason move that we actually questioned the most. Valentin is a low-average, high-power player, and historically those players have been awful at Dodger Stadium. Additionally, his third base defense is lousy. Hitting .194, Valentin had been a liability for the Dodgers.
Unfortunately, the other options aren't great. The best scenario is for Antonio Perez learn to play third base quickly. It would also be nice if Norihiro Nakamura could better than .152. And we know very little about Mike Edwards.
Still, this might give Paul DePodesta the impetus to address the third base position with a quality player closer to the trade deadline.
But before Dodger fans long for Adrian Beltre, take a look at the awful season he's having so far in Seattle.