Provided Rolen stays healthy, he can hit cleanup for the Reds behind Votto and it pushes Phillips up to the #2 slot (not ideally where you'd hit Phillips, but it's an upgrade over what Dusty's been batting there).
I feel a bit bad Rolen actually. He's probably looking at getting dealt this time next year, then signing a free agent after that. He could be with four clubs in a short span of time.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.
Will he be an improvement over EE? Yes, if he can stay healthy.
I don't mind losing Roenicke (middle relief is fungible) but Stewart has some serious upside. Honestly I would rather it have been Alonso.
What are you, people? On dope? - Mr Hand
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
It is a scouts and front offices job to analyze each prospect and how well they project to the next level. The good organizations are the ones who are able to tell which minor leaguer doesn't translate well to the majors and boost up their value. If I am ranking young arms in the Reds system I rank Cueto, Volquez, Bailey, and Wood over Stewart. Sorry Wood gets the nod because he is a lefty. Not to mention that one should be about to enter the pipeline in Leake.
As for Roenike he was an interesting prospect but it looked like he has been passed up by Fisher, Massett, and Burton. The Reds as of late have shown the ability to produce live pen arms. Roenike may go on and have a great career, but even then I am not sweating his departure.
I like the deal. It makes the 2010 Reds a better team.
This is a commitment to 2010. The Reds must follow through on that commitment with other acquisitions. Otherwise, it is a waste.
Espn is reporting that the Reds have not traded for Yunil Escobar.