Eating crow is a fine meal when it benefits one's team. Scott Rolen has been nothing short of fantastic since joining the Reds. And all I did was whine and complain when first hearing the trade rumors. There are times I love being wrong.
After one hit in his first 13 at bats, Rolen has hit a solid .289 as a Red. A far cry from Edwin Encarnacion who is currently batting .216 with the Jays.
Defensively, unlike most, I never had anything against Edwin's play in the field. It was always my belief that he saved more runs by fielding balls that other third basemen could only dream of reaching. Sure, he threw a few into the stands, but I put up with that.
Seeing Rolen diving all over the place and knocking down as many (if not more) than Edwin with accurate throws to first, well, I now know what a great third baseman looks like.
Not surprisingly Edwin has committed four errors in his 27 games in a Toronto uniform. Rolen? Zilch, zero, nada.
Yes, the Reds did give up a couple of arms in the deal.
Josh Roenicke, while still very young, has been totally ineffective. Thus far with the Jays he has allowed 10 earned in 13.1 innings of work with a 1.8 WHIP.
Zach Stewart, also a kid, may or may not turn out to be something special.
My opinion of the trade has gone full circle.
We sent one pitching prospect and, at best, a middle-grade reliever for a stud third baseman while ridding ourselves of Encarnacion who contributed nothing to the clubhouse and just a tad more at the dish and in the field—maybe that should be the other way around.
What did we get in return? An All-Star caliber third baseman who provides some much needed veteran leadership in the dugout.
You're probably not asking yourself how this translates into wins and losses. But you most likely haven't thought about that yet.
Since the Reds acquired the services of Scott Rolen they are 17-9 in the games which he has played.
Flip side, the Jays are 12-15 post trade.
Rolen does remain an injury risk, and has already spent time on the DL. But that was a fluke. After a heater nailed his noggin, he was forced out for about 12 or 13 ballgames.
Before and since then he has been a mainstay in the lineup. The same can not be said for Encarnacion. Even with Rolen's concussion like symptoms that sent him to the DL, Edwin has played just one more game than Rolen.
What am I thinking?
I'm thinking 2010 may not be yet another rebuilding year. Barring serious injury, we could once again make a serious run. Yes, I know—but let a brother dream for another off season.
If you have never tasted it, believe me, crow is quite a delicacy.