Re: Pirates DFA Zach Stewart
There were no rumors of Rolen to any other city. CHI had Ramirez, STL DeRosa. Maybe PIT or HOU, but neither had even a whisper of a rumor. Stewart was one of the Reds top prospects. How he panned out is irrelevant. Especially if people want to use the EdE hasn't proved anything by then argument, because his bat looks pretty good right now. I'm also betting he could handle LF as well as the Reds current LF, with FAR more production offensively.
In just over 3 years, Scot Rolen has appeared in 330 games as a Red. Have his intangibles been a help to molding a young team? probably. But he hasn't been good since 2010. Meanwhile EE has played in almost 100 more games with 52 more HR's and seems to have broken out into an offensive force.
And remember, Josh Roenicke was in that deal as well and is also still employed by COL. So yes... the Reds overpaid for Rolen.
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