Originally Posted by reds44
I'm shocked there's so much opposition to this. This should be pretty simple, assuming he's okay with being a backup to Frazier it should be an easy yes.
Old, bad Rolen: .245/.318/.398/.716
Also, considering Frazier can play 3rd, 1st, and left it makes it possible you can carry 3 third baseman.
Again, assuming he is willing to accept a part time role, it's an easy yes. If not, he can go to LA.
Not so simple.
Hannahan hit righties last year almost as well as Rolen. Hannahan is healthier. Hannahan is reputedly a superb fielder, not sure Rolen still is at this stage.
Donald is irrelevant, he plays a different position than Scott. The two are not competing.
Having three third basemen on a team with a five man bench is a bad idea. Bench will totally lack versatility. And won't Frazier be a better third baseman with steady play at one position?
It's not an easy yes. And on top of everything, there's the salary factor. How much are you going to pay Rolen? If he takes a fifty percent cut it's three million. He probably won't and it's still too expensive if he does.
The fit is not there anymore, unless Scott is willing to bide some time getting ready. As a mid-season replacement at a low price, it makes some sense.