Originally Posted by Kc61
I disagree with many posts on this thread. Should the Reds sign Rolen their bench will be imbalanced on offense and they won't adequately cover all the positions. I'd be surprised if Rolen comes back and I think the Reds have structured the team/bench assuming Rolen's departure.
The Reds are not going with Hannahan or Frazier as their primary middle infield backup. Both are primarily third basemen and neither is a middle infielder.
If Rolen were to come back, the Reds would have three third basemen and I don't see that happening.
It's easy to express a preference for Rolen over Donald. But the reality is that either Donald, Izturis, maybe Burriss, or another middle infielder will be on the bench. The idea of Rolen taking this roster spot doesn't work because the team will want a backup middle infielder.
I also doubt the Reds want to replace the lefty hitting Paul, fifth outfielder, with another third baseman. Paul provides positional balance and lefty/righty balance on the bench.
We all have great memories of Rolen and when healthy he sometimes still plays well, but with the acquisition of Hannahan, with Frazier at third, I don't see room for Rolen on a five man bench.
Now, if the Reds were to trade Frazier, I could see Rolen as a platoon partner for Hannahan at third. That would be a logical spot. But it isn't happening.
A lot of different things could happen that would make having Rolen more then worth while. It's very possible that a couple of those guys you mentioned could be in Louisville just a phone call away.
My favorite and probably most unlikely scenario is that Billy Hamilton makes the team. He could serve as the teams fourth outfielder as well as backup SS.
Either way, if you exclude Donald, Izturis and Burriss from the team all you're really doing is putting a roster out there that's lacking a true backup SS that has the glove to play there every day. Cozart is the everyday SS so I don't see a problem with that.