Originally Posted by MartyFan
I have to think that the signing of Hanahan conveyed to Rolen that the Reds are ready to move on. Rolen has been great for the Reds and one of my favorite players to watch since he has been here. He really has been a huge part of developing this team and giving this organization a new direction...all of that said, I would love to have him on the coaching staff in some capacity or working in our minor leagues with players.
I kind of wonder if all this talk about Rolen maybe coming back to the Reds was just a plan B in case the Reds could not sign Ludwick or find another suitable LF.
Frasier goes to LF, Reds bring in Rolen to hopefully squeeze another year of 3b out of him.
In hindsight, it seems clear once Ludwick was resigned, Rolen coming back was not going to happen. Honestly, I don't blame Rolen for not being interested in a small dollar part time role contract.. If I had enough money to retire comfortably and my boss asked me if I wanted to come back for 10 hours/week at 25% of my salary BUT still have to do the same amount of traveling, I would say NO.
Also, I got to figure that Rolen's lingering injuries are painful during the season. Why live through a bunch of pain when you don't really need the money?
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!