Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 31 '13
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, free agent Scott Rolen "wants to play."
Fay suspects that money could be an issue with the Reds, who are "at or above their budget for payroll" and that Rolen could wind up with the Dodgers. The 37-year-old third baseman batted just .245/.318/.398 last season but could see regular playing time in Los Angeles if he's healthy. Luis Cruz is currently penciled in as the Dodgers' starter at the hot corner.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 26 '13
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has spoken to free agent third baseman Scott Rolen.
ESPN's Buster Olney has reported in recent weeks that the Dodgers have considered making a run at Rolen, but the 37-year-old would prefer to stay in Cincinnati if he continues his career. Still a gold glove caliber defender, if healthy Rolen would represent an upgrade over Luis Cruz at third base for the Dodgers.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 22 '13
Scott Rolen hasn't made up his mind about retirement.
ESPN's Buster Olney reported last week that the Dodgers were mulling making a run at Rolen, but he has told people that if he continues his career, he would prefer to stay with the Reds. Given that the Reds plan to use Todd Frazier as their starting third baseman and Jack Hannahan as a utility man, it's hard to see them as a fit.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 15 '13
Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers have evaluated Scott Rolen as a possible target.
Rolen still isn't sure if he'll play in 2013 or retire, but if he does decide to come back, there apparently will at least be a little bit of a market for him. The Reds have also expressed interested in bringing him back, but Rolen would have a better shot at playing time in L.A. The Dodgers are currently slated to go with Luis Cruz at third base in 2013.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 15 '13
Scott Rolen still hasn't decided on retirement.
Rolen turns 38 years old in April and registered a weak .698 OPS over the last two seasons in Cincinnati, but the Reds have expressed some amount of openness to bringing him back and the free agent third baseman has yet to officially close any doors on his playing career. John Fay, who is the Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, thinks that Rolen will ultimately call it quits. But Rolen hasn't spoken to the media all offseason.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Jan 03 '13
Scott Rolen has been in "periodic contact" with Reds GM Walt Jocketty, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.
"We spoke before the holidays," Jocketty confirmed. "He hasn't decided (on retirement). It could be another week to 10 days." Rolen is 37 years old and hit .245/.318/.398 during the 2012 regular season. But he apparently has the drive to continue his playing career and the Reds apparently have some interest in bringing him back.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Dec 12 '12
According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Scott Rolen has suggested to the Reds that he may want to come to spring training in hopes of playing another season.
Knobler writes that the Reds would be "more than happy to give him a chance," as they believe he could help on the field and in the clubhouse. The Reds acquired Jason Donald on Tuesday night and are set to sign Jack Hannahan as a backup to Todd Frazier at third base, so it's hard to see him as a fit with Cincinnati. But he apparently isn't ready to retire yet.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Dec 05 '12
Scott Rolen's agent, Seth Levinson, told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that his client is still undecided about whether he'll play in 2013 or retire.
Rolen will be 38 in April and wants to take more time before making a decision. He likely would have to accept a one-year deal with a low guarantee and a part-time role.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Nov 21 '12
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com hears that Scott Rolen told the Reds he "may play in 2013 but is not ready to make a decision."
Stark adds that the Reds would like him to return in "some role." Todd Frazier is almost certainly penciled in as the regular third baseman no matter what, but it's possible Rolen could be used as a bench bet. Whether or not he would accept such a role remains to be seen. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last month that Rolen was expected to retire.
Scott Rolen 3B CIN Oct 11 '12
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Scott Rolen is expected to retire this offseason.
Nightengale says Rolen is expected to delay the announcement a while, but he anticipates the third baseman to hang up his cleats for good. Rolen was asked about his intentions after striking out to end the NLDS loss to the Giants Thursday but only said that he's "going to go home and be a dad." The 37-year-old has batted .281/.364/.490 with 316 homers and eight Gold Gloves during his 17-year career.