Sep 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen (27) sits in the dugout during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Reds 3 Dot Cafe...Rolen, Remaining $, ESPN Snubbing

It’s January 21st. It’s getting painfully cold and I’m tired of using the ice scraper every morning. Worse, in the world of baseball, there’s precisely nothing intriguing to talk about. So, in the interest of keeping the Reds dialogue going, let’s take a visit to the 3-dot cafe and ramble off some thoughts…

Why is Scott Rolen still in Reds headlines? Wasn’t this pretty much a forgone conclusion that Rolen was hanging it up after the season? If you’re Scott, why do you want to stay? He’s hit .242 and .245 consecutively the past two years…He has an emerging young slugger behind him that will officially be the starter on Opening Day… .222 in the months of September and October, when runs come at a premium…This was supposed to be an open and shut case…News has it, the Dodgers have expressed some interest in the Ol’ Jasper native…Good for them…It’s warmer in California…BTW: Wasn’t the signing of Jack Hannahan the official goodbye to Rolen now that Frazier’s back-up is spoken for?

$5 Million Dollars Left… to spend, according to the Bleacher Report. So after arbitration and signing some key free agents, the Reds will have about $5 million left to spend…the same report suggests the Reds are interested in Freddy Garcia. From CBS’ John Heyman: #twins#rox#reds among teams to check in on freddy garcia, veteran starter who knows how to pitch (10 W avg last 3 yrs)

Reds Get Iced on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball… which is a joke. I get that I’m from Cincinnati…I get that I hold a natural bias… But I also get that this team is considered a World Series favorite, by more than just folks following the Reds…and two teams that will grace the national audience with their participation, instead of the Reds? The Chicago Cubs, and the Houston Astros…two models of baseball excellence…How is it that Major League Baseball routinely fails to effectively market its own product?

Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled Monday…Pitchers and Catchers has to be getting close.


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