No Help at Third, Huh?

Hopefully, you can easily follow this.

Rolen is not expected to be for a long period of time. (Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE)

This past Wednesday, John Fay posted an article about how the Reds were not in the market for outside help for the third base position. Reason being is that the Reds don’t believe Scott Rolen will be out for an extended period. Or so that’s what Reds GM Walt Jocketty told to Fay.

Then you see this…

The very next day, MLBTradeRumors.com, Nick Collias provides this little tidbit of info. Melvin Mora‘s agent reportedly received an offer from the Reds and will be flying to the US in order to begin negotiations. It is also stated that Mora’s agent affirms that the San Francisco Giants are another team that has reached out to Mora. Those are the only two teams Mora’s agent speaks of reaching out to him and his client.

Perplexing? You bet. Especially since Fay was told the Reds weren’t going to look outside the organization. And there’s the fact that Mora’s 40 years old and definitely not in the Reds organization and definitely not the Mora that has appeared in two All-Star Games. Plus, with the options Cincinnati currently have at third, it would seem preposterous that this could even come to pass. Even if there is no Rolen, there are still viable options. Some may consider those already in the organization a far better option than Mora.

Last time Mora donned a uniform of any MLB team, it was last season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 42 games for the NL West Champs, Mora could only muster a slash of .228/.244/.276 with 0 HR and 16 RBI. He was released by the D-back’s on June 29 of last season. No other transactions are listed for him on Baseball Reference.

So yesterday on MLBTR, Mike Axisa notes that the Giants deny having made any offer to Mora. I can only hope the Reds have followed suit here. How can Mora help this team? I say not at all. Besides, it’s not like the Reds need him…or his bat…or his glove. (Yes, the last was done with extreme sarcasm!) So if Mora is flying to the US and the Giants are denying any offer, I hope there’s that “mystery team” lurking in the woods…and I also hope Cincinnati is not in the bidding.

When Rolen returns from the disabled list and even if he’s not the Rolen of 2010, the Reds still have Miguel Cairo and Todd Frazier in addition to Rolen. While Cairo and Frazier may not offer the fear factor at the plate or Gold Glove defense compared to the Rolen of old or the sheer grit and passion of the possibly soon-to-be traded and Cincy native Kevin Youkilis, they are far better choices than Mora.

Of course, Mora and his agent could be blowing smoke in the hopes of raising interest. But as they say, where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire.

My hope is that Cincinnati is not the scene of that fire.

Topics: Baseball, Cincinnati Reds, Melvin Mora, MLB, Reds Free Agent Rumors, Scott Rolen

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  • dgsapba

    tHAT MAY BE THE POSITION NOW,BUT IF rOLEN CAN’T COME BACK THAT COULD CHANGE QUICKLY AND MAY DEPEND ON WHAT THE rEDSOX WANT FOR YOUKALIS—RIGHT?

  • beeker

    Agreed that bringing in Mora is the worst of all options. Looks like an Isringhausen-esque disaster in my opinion. No help at 3B, stunting Frazier’s development at the same time.

  • Steven Engbloom

    The issue with Youk coming in produces some interesting “issues”.
    1. Returning to Cincy could be a good thing, but I wonder how zoomed in the microscope would be? If he should happen to fail to perform up to potentially high expectations, you know there will comments about yet another Jocketty move gone awry.
    2. I’ll hazard a guess here and say the Reds would want the Red Sox to take on a decent portion of the remaining salary due to Youkilis. For this season, he’s making $12MM. The more money the Sox take on, the higher rated prospect the Sox would want. This could also work into beeker’s point about stunting Frazier’s growth and, in my opinion, his potential.
    3. After this season, Rolen is a free agent. So is Cairo. Youk’s contract calls for a $13MM team option with a $1MM buyout. If he were to be bought out (and I would suspect the Reds will choose that route), that leaves the Reds with no clear-cut option at third that has a decent amount of experience at the position. In looking at potential 2013 3B free agents, there isn’t a whole lot available. The position just isn’t what it used to be.
    It could well depend on if the Reds truly view Frazier as the heir apparent to Rolen. If not, then trading for Youkilis makes a little more sense. Yes, he would be considered a rental unless the Reds work out a deal after any possible trade. If Frazier is to take over for Rolen, get him in there and let him learn.

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