Re: Youkilis, Reds 3B in 2013?
I want to wait and see how both players perform this year.
Rolen's quoted as being so hurt in the past, it would be painful for him reach out at a drive-thru to grab the food. Now that he's healthy, if he can put up the numbers he did as a Red in 2010 - he's a good bargain. He'll make $6.5M this year - exactly half of what Youkalis makes.
That said, Youkalis is 4 years younger, isn't a health concern, and could be an everyday player. I'd be willing to sacrifice a little fielding for an everyday cleanup hitter at this point considering how anemic the run production has been against Washington and St. Louis.
My measuring stick on bringing Rolen back is 100 games started, and OPS of .800+, if not, I'd see if Youk would sign a hometown discounted 3 year, 33M deal.