From Fay:
Jocketty said he hopes to re-sign Rolen when his contract runs out.
Blows the Stop Gap Hypothesis clear out of the water.

I think Walt was so tired of being stuck with a number of Krivsky's over-ambitious (Stinky) long-term contracts, that he wanted to get one of his own.
Boy howdy when WJ sets his mind to something. We are now entering the next phase of the rebuilding process. This one should be called Payflex 2015.