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Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reported two weeks ago that the Dodgers were viewing free agent Scott Rolen as a “possible target” in their quest for third base depth. And now the club has confirmed that interest.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Saturday that he has spoken directly to Rolen, who is still deciding whether he wants to continue his playing career.

“Ned (Colletti, Dodgers GM) mentioned him to me and I talked to him,” Mattingly said Saturday during the organization’s annual Fan Fest event at Dodger Stadium. “I can’t really speak for him (Rolen). We just talked about what we were thinking, what we were looking at. I don’t think anybody thought of him being available until a few weeks ago. I just talked to him about the possibility if you don’t go back there … if it ends up being he doesn’t go back to Cincinnati, then that’s when we’d talk.”

The Reds have an excellent young third baseman in Todd Frazier and probably can’t offer Rolen much playing time in 2013. The Dodgers, meanwhile, are planning to start Luis Cruz at the hot corner.


  1. mrwillie - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I would like to take this time to confirm my interest in a nice scotch, bacon, a cold beer, 3 day weekends and winning the lottery. Thank you, that is all.

  2. mazblast - Jan 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Rolen has been one of my favorite players his entire career–but he’s done, both on offense and defense. Retire with some dignity, Scott.

    • paperlions - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Don’t listen Scotty, play as long as they’ll let you. Dignity has nothing to do with it.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Rolen Rolen Rolen
    Keep movin’, movin’, movin’,
    Though fans’re disapprovin’,
    Keep them Dodgers movin’….

    • birdman6824 - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Horsehide ! ! !

  4. digbysellers - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I agree with the fella above…its always said that for the most part the game tells you when you’re done playing and it appears to me that at least one team wants Rolen to keep playing in a PT role…which will certainly benefit him since he obviously can’t stay healthy enough to play everyday. Play as long as you can Scotty, cuz when it’s over and done with ya can’t go back.

  5. theonlynolan - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    How many freakin’ roster spots do the Dodgers have? Seems like they’ve got about 30 guys on their 25 man roster at this point.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      no kidding, Who’s switching to the American league The Houston Astros or the L.A. Dodgers?

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Dodgers will not make playoffs this year!

  7. riverace19 - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Donny baseball could play a better third base

    • cintiphil - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      No one in my many years of watching baseball could play 3rd base as well as Rolen. NOBODY! But, I think old man age (and injury) is taking over. What most of you do not know is that he plays hurt every day. When he is “healthy” he is playing hurt, because of the injury sustained way back in St. Louis. His shoulder/back, hurts all the time, and forced to rest after so many starts. My humble opinion is that he should hang it up while he still has some respect for the game.

  8. dlmayday - Jan 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Have money spend frivolously must be their new motto!

  9. westcoastredbird - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    He was a great player with the Phils and Cards until that collison with Dodger first baseman Hee Can’t Hit. He has never fully recovered and at this stage of his career should retire and wait 5 years for the call to the Hall.

  10. stew48 - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    cintiphil: my guess is your “many years” started after Brooks Robinson retired.

    • cintiphil - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Well then, you would be wrong. Because nobody had an arm like Rolen.l To say that Brooks was better or visa versa may not be correct, but nobody had it over Rolen. He made plays and thrown that very few could attain. It would be hard indeed to pick either of them, but without the injuries, I still like Rolen.

  11. coachbeck - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Good for him, good locker room guy. Love for him to stay as a bench guy in Cincy but the reality is it just blocks a pup. Good Luck Scotty appreciate your play as a Red

  12. halohonk - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    World Series Champ, 8 x Gold Glove winner, 7 x all star. You need a guy like him in your clubhouse. Somebody said never underestimate the heart of a champion. Blue crew wants to win now. You know Magic is behind this move. Looking more n more like a So Cal freeway series this year.

    • cintiphil - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      The problem is that you are not getting the same guy as you described above. The Gold Glove, all Star performer etc, is not there any longer. Injuries have taken a toll. My best guess is that he may make a good coach. Now he is a .240 hitter, and did you see the error at third which lost the playoff game in Cinti. last October? Too bad for a guy who used to be on top of the game.

  13. lpd1964 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    This interest was a good idea……4-5 years ago. sheeesh, move on already.

  14. dodgersdog - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I’ll take schmidt for all time third baseman

    • cintiphil - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Only for his hitting and power. As far as fielding, as good as he was, he was no match for that Rolen vacuum cleaner approach at 3rd, and the shot gun arm. He used to be the only position on the field where you tried to avoid when at the bat.

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