geojanes wrote:All I'm saying is that if Robbie Cano goes down with a broken wrist during your playoff run, the manager ought to be able to replace him with some waiver wire castoff that no one wants just to keep the roster spot active. I still haven't seen a reasonable argument against it. Sharur's argument I find just unfathomable. None of us can keep a reserve for every position, yet that's what he seems to suggest.
It's actually not that hard to keep a reserve for every position. Suppose your UTIL guy is an OF, your MI is a 2B, and your CI is a 1B. All you need on your bench is a C, a SS, and a 3B, and you are covered against any one injury. And that isn't specific to the example I constructed- you can move the positions around, the only important thing is the pairs between your "flex" starters and your bench players. The only way you need an additional player is if your UTIL guy is a DH. And this is assuming that you don't have any players with multiple position eligibility.
All that said, I don't have a problem with playoff pickups either, in principle. But I agree with Mike that there are other considerations. The advantage to the current system is that, while playoff injuries are a challenge, they are hardly insurmountable, and by disallowing pickups, we don't privilege large pitching staffs. Moreover, the current system is very simple and doesn't afford loopholes. It may not be perfect, but it's not broken.