The Reds have contined to talk to the Blue Jays about acquiring Scott Rolen, and Bob Elliiott of the Toronto Sun reported today that the trade has "a good chance" of getting done.
If it does, sources said that the Blue Jays will receive Edwin Encarnacion in return, in addition to one or more other players. The teams were negotiating on how much of Rolen's remaining salary (about $4 million for the rest of this year, and $11 million for 2010) the Blue Jays will pick up.
The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games, falling nine games out of first place in the National League Central and 9 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but general manager Walt Jocketty is fond of Rolen from their time together in Cincinnati, and Jocketty is said to believe that Rolen could help the Reds' young lineup. The Reds also see the NL Central as weak.
Rolen, 34, has hit .320 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs for the Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 26, is hitting .206 with five home runs and 16 RBIs for the Reds.