The Expos signed veteran Jose Offerman to a minor-league contract today....Really.
The Expos, who cannot afford the veterans that they already have, signed another and a bad one at that.
OK, so maybe he will play for the league minimum, but Montreal still is getting a 34-year-old player who was awful last year (77 adjusted OPS), has not played acceptably since 1999, and cannot play the field any longer (well, maybe first base). The only real spot for Offerman defensively is DH and his weak bat and the Expos' residence in the NL limit his use there.
Why would the Expos even bother to look at Offerman when there must be a spare Roberto Petagine or two floating through the minors who will play for the league minimum and can be acquired for a song? Oh, I forgot--it's because Omar Minaya is an impenetrable genius. My bad.