Troublesome shoulder puts Scott Rolen back on the DL

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Incredibly enough, Scott Rolen started at third base for the NL All-Star team earlier this month.  That may go down as his one good memory from 2011.

Rolen was placed back on the disabled list Friday because of more pain in the left shoulder that’s troubled him for years.  Rolen had played in just one game this week, going 1-for-4 against the Pirates on Wednesday.  He’s hit .242/.279/.397 with five homers and 36 RBI in 252 at-bats this season.

With Juan Francisco also shelved, the Reds picked Todd Frazier as his replacement.  Frazier, 25, was hitting .260/.340/.467 while splitting time between third base, first base and left field for Triple-A Louisville.  He had 15 homers and 17 steals, but he had also fanned 82 times in 90 games.

Expect Miguel Cairo to get most of the starts at third base for now.  The journeyman utilityman has exceeded expectations once again this year, hitting .288/.353/.410 in 139 at-bats for the Reds.

The Reds probably won’t go looking for a starting third baseman in trade talks, but they would be smart to bring in someone better than Edgar Renteria to help out.  Renteria is batting just .232/.306/.278 and the Reds have refused to use him anywhere other than shortstop, where he isn’t an asset any longer anyway.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”