So by my count the Reds just loosened up something like 6 million in payroll by doing this. I hate the trade because of how badly I feel we mismanaged the market, but I simply love this deal honestly.Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Scott Rolen has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with the Reds through 2012.
Rolen will earn $23.625 million over the next three seasons. He restructured his contract in order to get it done, as instead of earning $11 million next season, he will now receive $6 million in 2010, $6.5 million in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2012. Rolen will also receive a $5 million signing bonus that is deferred over the next three seasons. The move provides the Reds with some much-needed salary relief, but he'll be 37 by the end of the contract. Rolen batted .305/.368/.455 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI with the Reds and Blue Jays in '09, but hasn't played in more than 128 games since 2006.
We might have enough cash to sign a SS in free agency now. Orlando Cabrera would be a decent pick up for a year.
I wonder what happens now to Francisco and Frazier.