Originally Posted by Kc61
Here's the contrary argument.
Rolen is only 34. He has several good years left. He is a huge upgrade at third, defensively and offensively.
EE isn't worth too much. He could even be considered a liability given his own contract. The Jays may be less than excited to get him.
Alonso is a good prospect but he plays Votto's position. His potential spot is filled on the roster with a free agent who plays the outfield and hits. Votto to LF was always a pipe dream.
It does seem like a lot to give up. But sometimes you have to overpay rather than stay in neutral.
I'm not thrilled at all, but can understand the deal and at least it should make the Reds better for next year.
I can't understand it at all, if it's true. You give up top prospects for a Matt Holliday, perhaps (even that's debatable). You DO NOT give them up for 34 year old 3B unlikely to stay healthy.