Jays Trade Rolen to Reds

TORONTO [PeterPaul.ca] — Starting Blue Jay third baseman Scott Rolen was traded in exchange for three players Friday from the Cincinnati Reds, parting ways with the Jays while maintaining a career high .320 batting average.

Media reports said Rolen requested a trade Friday “for personal reasons.”

In exchange for Rolen, the Blue Jays will receive third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, 26, right-handed pitcher Zachary Stewart, 22, and 26-year-old Josh Roenicke, a Blue Jays press statement said.

Following is a brief statistical look at the newest Blue Jays:

Edwin Encarnacion

  • Batting .209 in 43 games hitting six doubles, a triple, five home runs and 16 RBI’s.
  • He is 6-1 and 195 pounds.
  • He bats right handed.
  • Since the All-Star break, Encarnacion has hit for a .249 batting average with three home runs.
  • In 514 career games with the Reds, he has batted .262 with 71 home runs and 263 RBI’s.

Zachary Stewart

  • In starts across three levels of the Reds system, he has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.67 ERA in 23 games this season.
  • The 6-2, 205 pound right handed pitcher was the Reds third round selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.

Josh Roenicke

  • Has made 11 relief appearances for the Reds, posting a 2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings.
  • The 6-3, 200 pound right hander has appeared in 16 games over the past two seasons posting a 0-2 record with a 3.86 ERA
  • He was Cincinnati’s 10th round selection in the 2006 draft.
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