From Fay: Votto talks about knee, playoffs, Rolen
Good article/update on Votto.
I found this bit particularly interesting:
Votto gave Rolen the ultimate compliment.
“I got everything I needed from him playing beside him. I learned a tremendous amount. You can always learn, but the two or three years I had with him were not wasted. I tell you what: He changed my path as a player. He was a shining example of the kind of player I want to be. Simply because of how quiet he was and how respected he was throughout baseball.”
That, more than anything else, is why Jocketty traded for Rolen.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.