Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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After initially saying that he was going to retire earlier this offseason, former Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen has done an about-face, and now wants to play in 2013. Rolen is apparently seeking a salary similar to the $6.5 million he made in 2012. The Reds would be hard-pressed to fit him in their payroll, let alone finding playing time for him with 2012 rookie standout Todd Frazier penciled in at third base in 2013. But would any other team be wise to pursue Rolen for this upcoming season? With Rolen, it really all comes down to one thing: health. He logged over 500 plate appearances in 2009 and 2010, and put together four win seasons in each. Over the last two seasons, he combined for just 599 plate appearances and was worth a total of 2.4 fWAR, obviously a substantial dropoff compared to the two prior years. A lot of Rolen's value comes from his defense (as it always has), but Rolen's 1.1 UZR in 2012 was a career-worst (but still above average), and his 0 D...
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