Cincinnati Reds: Who Is the Third Baseman of the Future?

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Cincinnati Reds: Who Is the Third Baseman of the Future?
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Scott Rolen's career is coming to a close. Last year, Rolen was plagued by injury and played in just 65 games.

This year, through 13 games, Rolen is struggling. In 43 plate appearances, he's batting just .170/.228/.226 with three doubles and three RBI.

Should Rolen continue at this rate, he may not finish out the season. Even if he does, this year is likely to be his last.

Should that turn out to be the case, the Reds will be faced with the task of replacing a big part of their team. Below, you will find several options who might step in for the longtime third baseman.

You may notice players missing like Mike Costanzo, Travis Mattair, Jason Christian and Chris Valaika. That's because they don't look to be viable options.

Costanzo is 28 years old and has yet to crack the major league roster. Christian is 25 and is in High-A Bakersfield. He's yet to repeat his solid 2009 season and is a 25-year-old backup in High-A ball.

Valaika is a converted shortstop. This is his first season where he will see more time at third than short, therefore it's impossible to evaluate him as a third baseman. Mattair is 23, but hasn't showed much promise in the minors.

With that said, here are the Reds' best options to replace one of the position's all-time greats.

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