MLB Notes: Dodgers interested in Scott Rolen

MLB Notes: Dodgers interested in Scott Rolen
January 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Dodgers confirmed two things over the weekend: Luis Cruz will get the first chance to be the team’s starting third baseman out of spring training, and the club is interested in bringing in veteran Scott Rolen to add depth to the position.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Orange County Register that the team has had “internal discussions about that possibility” and has already reached out to the 37-year-old.

“We just talked about what we were thinking, what we were looking at,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think anybody thought of him being available until a few weeks ago.”

Until recently, the belief was that Rolen would either retire or return to the Reds next season. But as HardballTalk points out, Cincinnati has Todd Frazier, who finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, up and coming at the hot corner.

Rolen, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glover, spent the last three and a half years with the Reds. He hit .245 with eight homers and 39 RBIs across 92 games during an injury-plagued 2012 campaign.

No long-term talks for Zimmermann, Nats
How long will it be before the Nationals try to lock up Jordan Zimmermann following his career breakout season in 2012? First, the matter of the right-hander’s 2013 salary will have to be settled, CSNWashington’s Mark Zuckerman reports.

Arbitration is currently set for a date of Jan. 18. Zimmerman is seeking $5.8 million while the Nats are offering $4.6 million, and both sides have stated they won’t talk long-term until that’s done.

“We’re kind of hung up right now,” Zimmermann said. “We’ll see what happens. We definitely want to get this deal done and move on.”

According to Zuckerman, both parties are interested in eventually settling on a deal that would buy out the 26-year-old’s final two arbitration years of 2014 and 2015.

In 2012, his fourth year in the league, Zimmerman finished with a 12-8 record and 2.94 ERA in 32 games.

Mahay officially hangs ’em up
After a 14-year career, left-handed reliever Ron Mahay has officially announced his retirement, the Boston Globe reports, per HardballTalk.

Mahay has appeared in the majors since 2010 with the Twins. Last year, the 41-year-old attempted a run at the bigs with the Reds, but he never made it past Triple-A.

The southpaw spent the largest portion of his career with the Rangers, from 2003-2007. In 514 career games almost exclusively as a reliever (he did start three times), Mahay compiled a 27-12 record and 3.83 ERA.

He remains interested in staying in baseball as a coach or manager.

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