MLB Notes: Report: Rolen leaning toward return

MLB Notes: Report: Rolen leaning toward return
February 1, 2013, 9:15 am
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Scott Rolen's still unsure whether he wants to retire or return to baseball next season. Now, according to a report from John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via HardballTalk), Rolen is leaning toward playing another year.

“I’m hearing now that Rolen wants to play,” Fay writes.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Fay that he has not spoken with Rolen's agent the last couple of days, but he thinks "there’s a chance we get something worked out. We’re talking about the details — how much opportunity is there."

Rolen turns 38 in early April and has played 16 major-league seasons.

Pirates avoid arbitration with Walker, McDonald
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and pitcher James McDonald, avoiding salary arbitration with both players.

Walker gets $3.3 million and McDonald $3,025,000 in deals that were completed Thursday.

Walker hit .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs in 129 games last season but missed significant time due to a back injury. The 27-year-old Pittsburgh native made $500,000 in 2012 and was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He asked for $3.6 million and was offered $3 million by the Pirates.

The 28-year-old McDonald, who made $502,500 last year, went 12-8 with a 4.21 ERA but struggled for most of the second half. He requested $3.4 million in arbitration while Pittsburgh countered at $2.65 million.

McDonald is expected to be the team's third starter in 2013 behind A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez.

The deals mean the Pirates have reached agreement with all their arbitration-eligible players. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 11.

- Associated Press