Not a good trade for the Reds IMO. We give up a top pitching prospect like Stewart for an old, broken-down Rolen? I know Rolen is having a good season this year, but does anyone actually expect that to continue? Does anyone think he can keep it up next year? I sure don't. The guy has had SERIOUS health problems and is already old. He has a bad back which has killed most of his power.
I would have loved getting Rolen (due mostly to his D and somewhat because of his ability to give good at-bats) for Roenicke, Encarnacion and almost anyone except Stewart. Putting Stewart in the deal was too much! I would feel different if Rolen was just approaching 30, but he's well over 30. We are basically trading a top pitching prospect for one year of an aging Scott Rolen (2010 since this year is already a wash).
Jocketty finally wakes up and this is what he gives us???