2009: I wouldn't be making any definitive statements just yet. How in the world do you know what's going to happen in the 2nd half?
But EE has not OPS'd .800 for the last four years. His last four years' OPS numbers are (in reverse order, starting last season) -- .807, .794, .831, .744.
Rolen has a lifetime OPS of .872. EE's all time high OPS was .831.
And, of course, there's defense. Happy to discuss that if you think it's even debatable.
And Rolen is only 33 and his contract only goes through next year, so he still should have some juice left, as this year's fantastic start has shown.
IIRC there was another great player who played legendary defense but became plagued by injuries and saw a steep dropoff in production right around that age as well. Ironically, he was paid about $12MM/season.
He also had a couple years of fantastic starts during that time as well, despite talk of his production trending downwards. I think you know who I'm talking about. Would you have been happy trading for him?
FWIW, I don't believe the EdE for Rolen deal for one minute. It's funny how only one person (0 posts on Redszone before last night, btw) heard the report.
I miss Adam Dunn.
But if you want to continue to try to mock me to make your point then I guess go ahead.
Rolen would be a good addition to the Reds. He provides a middle of the order bat for 2009 & 2010. Frazier can come up sometime in 2010 & play LF (plus sub elsewhere) then take over at 3B in 2011.
Plus if the rumor is true we get rid of EE (my least favorite Red).
As to what they want i would be willing to give them a fair amount.
EE & a couple of prospects not named Heisey, Stewart, Frazier or Alonso.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda