Jays' Rolen Dealt to Reds Pending his Approval
The Jays today traded third baseman Scott Rolen and his $11 million commitment for 2010 to the Reds for third bbaseman Edwin Encarnacion and two minor-league pitching prospects. The deal requires Rolen to waive his no-trade clause. It's likely the Jays will pick up the remainder of his salary for 2009. The deal was first reported by Jasyon Stark of ESPN.com.
Rolen has been the Jays' most consistent player this year, moving into the cleanup role after Vernon Wells and Adam Lind tried and failed. The key to the trade was the Jays getting the $11 million off the books for next year. They will be paying releaased closer B.J. Ryan $10 million for doing nothing and thois transaction gives them some wiggle room to sign a shortstop and catcher for next year since Marco Scutaro and Rod Barajas are becoming free agents.
The Jays' young pitching staff will really miss the often spectacular defence provided by Rolen at third base. Other than Halladay, Rolen was the most tradeable big-ticket item on the roster.