Scott Rolen might be done

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the insight:

There is no timetable for injured veteran third baseman Scott Rolen’s return to the Reds, and there seems to be an uncertainty now whether he will be able to make it back at all.

“I really don’t know” is how Reds manager Dusty Baker responded when asked Saturday about Rolen’s status.

The 37-year-old has battled shoulder issues since his early-30s and was struggling to the tune of a .174/.238/.304 batting line through 101 plate appearances this season. His 17-year career might be over.

Todd Frazier has taken over at the hot corner in Cincinnati. He has a cool .916 OPS in 20 games.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.