The Philadelphia Phillies need a third baseman. So does that mean free agent Scott Rolen could be coming back to town?
CSN Philly's Corey Seidman thinks it could happen:
The only reason Rolen's name even comes up is because there is practically no talent in this offseason's third base market. There are free agents Kevin Youkilis, Mark Reynolds, Rolen, Eric Chavez, and maybe Marco Scutaro and Jeff Keppinger if they're willing to take on jobs as full-time third basemen. But that's it. Rolen, like the rest of those players, would be merely a stopgap solution.
The 17-year veteran played in 92 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season. He batted .245 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
In seven seasons with the Phillies, from 1996-2002, Rolen batted .282 with 150 home runs and an .877 OPS. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1997 after batting .283 with 21 home runs.
Rolen has always been considered one of the best defensive third basemen in the league. He's a nine-time Gold Glove winner, with the last coming in 2010 at the age of 35.
The 37-year-old 1993 draft pick earned $6.5 million last season.
Placido Polanco played 90 games at third base for the Phillies last season. He batted .257 with a .302 on-base percentage.