Originally Posted by TRF
EE is an athletic ballplayer that was playing out of position. He's pretty good at 1B would probably be average in LF and he has a cannon for an arm.
He came up as a 3B, played almost his whole life there. He was not out of position. He's played 17 innings of OF in his career and by all accounts was miserable at it. Insisting he could handle the position is a bit like insisting he could be a superior cricket player. We're never going to find out.
The reality is he was struggling mightily with the Reds and starting to get expensive. He was in serious danger of getting released that winter. His trade value was just about in the toilet.
So overrated pitching prospect, a 3B circling the drain and a reliever for one of the better 3Bs in baseball? In a heartbeat. Looks especially good seeing that the entire direction of the club reversed itself once Rolen arrived.