Originally Posted by Vottomatic
Geez. I am a huge Rolen fan, but I think he waited wayyyyy too long to announce his desire to return, and the signing of Hannahan makes it clear to me the Reds didn't think he was going to return.
Pre-Hannahan signing, I would have jumped all over re-signing Rolen. But with Hannahan already signed for a good amount, and the Reds maxed out on payroll........and now a logjam of players who pretty much only play 3B, excluding the penciled in starter, Frazier, who can also play LF..........WHERE.......Ludwick was signed for a pretty penny to start everyday. It is pretty obvious the 25-man roster is decided and now Scott wants them to "fit him in" somehow. As a person and experienced hitter, I would love to have Scott's bat off the bench. But I'm not crazy about foregoing a LH bat off the bench in Paul.
And Rolen only plays 3B. Only. Pretty much the same with Hannahan.
It's a sad dilemma but I don't think the Reds should make room for Rolen.
I'd offer him a coaching position. And tell him he'll be the first one considered if Frazier or Hannahan go down with injury longterm. That's the only way I deal with Rolen.
You nailed it IMO Vottomatic.
Plus, I still gan't get the spectre out of my mind of Dusty starting Scotty over Frazier whenever Scotty is healthy enough to play. It gives me the heeebeee geeeebeeees. <shaking and shivering while I say that>
PS I think Todd is the future for the Reds at 3B for a LONG time. I'm really high on him as a hitter AND as a third sacker.