Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scott Rolen will not return to the Reds this spring

The Reds have been waiting on a decision on whether or not Scott Rolen would return for another year since the previous season ended in October. On Tuesday afternoon, they finally received their elusive answer.

Scott Rolen will not be attending Reds camp this spring, but stopped short of announcing complete retirement.

The Reds released the following statement via Twitter on the matter:

Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty said of 3B Scott Rolen, who will not be attending camp with the Reds this spring, “Scott made significant contributions to our team’s recent success, and it isn’t a coincidence we made the playoffs in two of his three full seasons here. He made a huge impact in Cincinnati with his work ethic and leadership on the field, in the clubhouse and in our community.”…Rolen, who issued this statement through the team, said, “Right now I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors. I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future.”

Jocketty also said that he won't address the issue any further.

Rolen, 37, was originally acquired by Cincinnati in July 2009 from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion and two other players.

His impact in the lineup was immediately evident as the Reds finished the 2009 campaign on an upswing. The 1997 National League Rookie of the Year provided leadership in the clubhouse that the team was previously lacking.

In 2010, Rolen and the Reds continued their momentum by capturing the franchise's first playoff berth since 1995 by winning the division. Rolen batted .285/.358/.497 with 20 homers, 83 RBI, and 34 doubles during the '10 campaign. He also earned a trip to the All-Star Game and won his eighth career Gold Glove.

However, injuries plagued him the following year and those woes carried over into 2012, as well. Rolen managed to appear in just 65 games in 2011 and just 92 last season. When he was on the field, he struggled to produce at the level he was accustomed to.

Rolen has accumulated 2,077 hits, 517 doubles, 316 homers, and 1,287 RBI in his 17-year career. He was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1993 Draft and made his rookie debut in 1996.

Todd Frazier is expected to fill the void left behind by Rolen after posting a solid rookie season last year.

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