CINCINNATI - Scott Rolen will not be attending Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds, the team confirmed Tuesday.
The news comes amid continuous contract talks that appear as though they won't end with Rolen in a Reds uniform in 2013.
“Right now I’m simply not ready to make a commitment. I would like to leave my options open, without closing any doors," Rolen said through a statement issued by the team. "I am looking forward to all of the challenges, both personally and professionally, I will face in the future.”
The Reds have plans to play Todd Frazier at third base full time in 2013, and with his powerful bat and Rolen's elevated age, it wasn't expected that the team was going to reach a deal with the veteran third-baseman.
“Scott made significant contributions to our team’s recent success, and it isn’t a coincidence we made the playoffs in two of his three full seasons here," Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty said of Rolen. "He made a huge impact in Cincinnati with his work ethic and leadership on the field, in the clubhouse and in our community.”
No word on where Rolen is interested in pursuing his baseball career, if at all, as retirement has not been ruled out by the 37-year-old.
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