Sign him ASAP. You can never have too many Cy Young winners.
Don't they know he is a future Cy Young winner?
In fairness he was DFAed for Jeff Karstens, so it isn't like he was just outright released.
Can we have a 7-man starting rotation? Sign him quick! We'd have all 7 of the guys getting Cy Young votes at the end of the 2013 season!
If he comes back to Cincinnati, does that mean we officially win the Rolen deal?
You guys laugh, but this is only going to make his story that much more amazing when he wins the Cy Young.
What evidence do you have that the Reds were the only destination Rolen could have ended up at in July 2009? Even if you had no other contenders, they had to meet the Jays price. Why didn't they just trade a bag of balls for him? Would that have been too much?
Obviously you have to trade something for him. But you probably shouldn't be trading a top trading chip plus a proven Major Leaguer for a 34 year old with a bad back on a 1 year and 2 month deal.
This has all been hashed out a thousand times though. That is how I see it. I am leaving it at that.
Rolen has struggled with shoulder problems the last two seasons, and had a well-publicized falling out with manager Tony La Russa that set trade talks in motion.