Last weekend in this space, I had a pretty hard time advocating the Reds going after 34-year-old oft-injured third baseman Scott Rolen. Could you blame me?
2006 - 142
2008 - 115
That's an average of 106 games played.
To his credit, Rolen has put together a nice comeback season, hitting .314/.366/.468 with eight homers and 43 RBI. It was enough for Walt Jocketty, his former general manager in St. Louis, to bring him to Cincinnati in exchange for third baseman Edwin Encarnacion along with prospects Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.
The fact that Rolen is already out of action on Monday after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday is purely coincidental to my original point. Worse yet, Walt Jocketty sold low on Encarnacion, a 26-year-old slugger who is batting .205/.324/.361 with five homers an 16 RBI in an injury plagued season. Teams like Cincinnati, by all accounts out of the race, should be buying low on talents like Encarnacion, not buying high on deteriorating players like Rolen.
Just sayin, Cincinnati.