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Scott Rolen still not sure if he’ll retire or play an 18th season

Dec 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Every few weeks someone checks in with Scott Rolen to see if he plans to play in 2013 or retire after 17 seasons in the majors, and the 37-year-old third baseman still isn’t sure.

His agent told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Rolen needs more time to make a decision.

Fay speculates that if Rolen does decide to play in 2013 the Reds would be interested in re-signing him, but it would likely have to be for a part-time role given that they’re committed to Todd Frazier taking over as the full-time third baseman.

Dusty Baker often played Rolen over Frazier this year despite Rolen hitting just .245 with eight homers and a .716 OPS in 92 games.

  1. liamj55 - Dec 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I actually think it would be cool if he ended his career in Philly. (This is coming from a Phillies fan) I know there is a lot of animosity but this final reunion could cap a story book career for Mr. Rolen.

  2. ezthinking - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM


    • jwbiii - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Nah, they need somebody who be healthy for the first 80 games, not 80 random games throughout the season.

  3. mazblast - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    If the Reds re-sign rolen, you can bet that Dusty will find excuses to play Rolen over Frazier most of the 60 games or so for which Rolen is healthy. Never mind that Frazier is far superior offensively now (this isn’t 1999) and not terrible defensively, and that Rolen’s vaunted defense has gone downhill quickly. Frazier can go 4-for-5 without an error, and Dusty will play Rolen the next day because he says Frazier is “tired”.

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