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Reds writer not impressed with Rolen swap

Jon Fay, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, is unimpressed with former Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty's trade for former St. Louis third sacker Scott Rolen.

While Jocketty said Rolen will give the Reds not only a bat, but some much needed veteran leadership, Fay said Cincy has far too many holes to fill and not enough cash to patch them now that the team has splurged on a $12 million a year third baseman.

Read Fay's column here.

If the Reds are able to find a slugging outfielder and a major league ready shortstop depsite the Rolen expenditure, the leadership he offers is questionable. Rolen is a greater leader by example on the field. But he has a long history of feuding with the manager and front offices of the teams he has played on. And now word filtered out Friday that the Blue Jays traded him because he asked to be dealt, which makes the third time in his career he has demanded a trade.

The biggest impact the Rolen deal has on the Cardinals is that it seems to take Cincinnati out of the picture as an alternate destination for skipper Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. La Russa and Rolen can't coexist, and while the manager is a free agent after this season, Rolen and the Reds are tied together for at least another year.