Reds Or Jays? Who Wins The Rolen Deal?

matthias kosterContributor IJuly 31, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 06:  Scott Rolen #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the New York Yankees on July 6, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I'm on the fence as to who won the Scott Rolen Trade. I wrote an article about it today (past link) and after evaluating things it boils down to a few things.


1. Rolen has been great this year and justifies his large contract

2. EE has been terrible. He's a poor fielder and is suited for DHing. The problem is that the Jays should have 4 outfielders next season in Lind, Wells, Rios and Snider. Is EE going to be held to platoon duty.

3. Zach Stewart has great upside but a suspect track record and control issues.


The word is that Rolen wanted out. How many players have asked to leave Toronto in the past five years? Quite a few. 

This trade will have to be re-evaluated in two or three years. Until then it’s a tough call. My gut tells me the Reds might win out at the end of the day.