Originally Posted by Kc61
It is true that Rolen OPS'd .887 in 2006 and since then has had injured seasons where he's done less well. Last year he was at .780 for 408 at bats. This year, he's well above .800 of course.
But EE has not OPS'd .800 for the last four years. His last four years' OPS numbers are (in reverse order, starting last season) -- .807, .794, .831, .744.
Rolen has a lifetime OPS of .872. EE's all time high OPS was .831.
And, of course, there's defense. Happy to discuss that if you think it's even debatable.
And Rolen is only 33 and his contract only goes through next year, so he still should have some juice left, as this year's fantastic start has shown.
Rolen is 34. DOB 04-04-75
IIRC there was another great player who played legendary defense but became plagued by injuries and saw a steep dropoff in production right around that age as well. Ironically, he was paid about $12MM/season.
He also had a couple years of fantastic starts during that time as well, despite talk of his production trending downwards. I think you know who I'm talking about. Would you have been happy trading for him?