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Rolen

From John Fay:

I’m hearing now that Rolen wants to play.

That tells me the issue may be money. The Reds are at or above their budget for payroll. The Reds obviously can’t pay Rolen what he made last year ($6.5 million). How much can they pay? I have no idea. But given the way they’ve deferred money, the budget is tight.

If Rolen wants the most money, the Dodgers would be his best option. Don Mattingly reached out to Rolen about coming there. Rolen is not an LA kind of guy. All things being equal, the Reds would be his choice is my guess.

The Reds’ roster is also tight. The Reds have two third baseman already in Todd Frazier and Jack Hannahan.

Rolen’s been terrible since the first half of ’10. He SHOULD retire (and protect what’s left of his legacy), but if he wants to play (and that’s surely his choice), I don’t want it to be here.

The Reds have 3B covered, and I have zero confidence in Dusty sticking to his “It’s Frazier’s time” thinking if Rolen is sitting on the bench.

Anyone else think that Rolen will be the Opening Day third baseman if he comes back?

67 thoughts on “Rolen

  1. If I were GM, there would be room for rolen on my roster. If the Reds are willing to play a right fielder in center (Choo), they would be willing to have frazier or Hanahan back up cozart at short to carry Rolen’s bat on the bench and day games at third. Its a no brainer that Donald would be the odd man out.

  2. I love this site. It is my favorite place to get news about the Reds and I used to see excellent , reasoned debate. I’t’s a shmae that this forum is turning into a contest between a couple of posters to prove that the other is crazy or stupid or some other insulting adjective.

    What happened to letting someone state their opinion, and just agree to disagree?

    I would hate to see this site go down the same rabbit hole others have. I hope this gets better before the season starts.

    • I love this site. It is my favorite place to get news about the Reds and I used to see excellent , reasoned debate. I’t’s a shmae that this forum is turning into a contest between a couple of posters to prove that the other is crazy or stupid or some other insulting adjective.

      What happened to letting someone state their opinion, and just agree to disagree?

      I would hate to see this site go down the same rabbit hole others have. I hope this gets better before the season starts.

      Thanks for your post. There are one or two newer posters who like to be take the role of contrarian. Most of the time this is okay. Sometimes it is very annoying to the rest of us.

  3. I don’t know what the Reds will do, and I don’t even know what the Reds should do.

    All I know is that having Scott Rolen on that bench (in some capacity) will be good for the 2013 Reds, and that’s what I want. You can’t tell me he hasn’t had an IMMENSE positive impact to the young guys that now lead this team. The guy has earned it in my opinion. He has benefited this franchise because of his presence, and I sincerely hope he is in that clubhouse somehow. I don’t make the decision or have the expertise to surmise what capacity that will be in, but he will help this team in 2013 if present.

  4. Please just let this go, Walt. Rolen was a great ball player. He deserves to be in the HOF. But at this point, he has no business being anywhere near a major league ball club AS A PLAYER, especially a club with World Series aspirations.

    Rolen had some good moments here, but he has chronic shoulder and back issues. There were too many times last year when he walked to the plate and you just knew there was no hope. He wasn’t even that valuable in the field.

    If the Reds want to get him started in coaching, scouting, evaluating, I’m all for that, but a team with serious aspirations to contend does not need him playing.

  5. @athensRed: How closely do you follow this team? The team’s best player, Joey Votto, and one of the franchise cornerstones, Jay Bruce, sing Rolen’s praises nearly constantly. They both give a huge amount of credit for their success as ball players at the big league level to Rolen’s example and leadership, and they’ve said that on the record many times. I’ll take their word for it. What reason do you think they have to lie about it?

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