What could stop the Jays from dealing Rolen?
1. Rolen has a no trade clause and could veto any deal. But it looks like the Blue Jays are about to go into a quasi-rebuilding mode, which could encourage Rolen to waive the no trade should the right deal come around.
2. Who would replace Rolen in the future? As far as I can see, the Jays have no long term solution at third base, which is a problem during trade talks.
It's clear that the Jays are going nowhere in 2009 and probably nowhere in 2010, so with the future in mind, the Jays might be better off dealing Rolen now.