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Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:03 pm
 
Rollins

By Evan Brunell

Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal and if he has to the leave the Phillies, so be it. But any more than that, and Rollins hesitates.

"Five would be great. Five would be the number,'' Rollins told Sports Illustrated. "I don't think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want to play at 39?''

Rollins, 32, bounced back from two straight lousy seasons in which he hit .248/.304/.406, missing half the 2010 season with leg problems. He's rebounded this year, and while he's no longer a MVP-caliber player he is still a strong shortstop, contributing a .268/.338/.396 line which is above-average in today's offensively-starved culture. He's also held up favorably on defense after hamstring problems sapped much of his 2010, but there is question to believe just how much longer Rollins has left. And it will be surprising if there's a team out there that believes Rollins can handle a five-year deal.

A source tells SI.com that the Phillies would prefer to keep any deal to three years, which is completely understandable. The club does understand that it may have to pay a little over actual value for Rollins given his star stature, but they are one of the few teams that can afford to do so. In a poll, Jon Heyman found a baseball executive believing Rollins could get $58 million for four years on the free-agent market, while another projects a Phillies contract of three years with a minimum of $12 million a year. Currently finishing up a five-year, $40 million deal, it's clear Rollins will crack the eight-figure annual salary for the first time.

Philadelphia needs to be concerned about the market for Rollins. It's going to be a thin free-agent market, which can only help Rollins. Plus, finding good help at such an important position is an extremely difficult thing to do. Just ask the Red Sox, who have cycled through a dizzying amount of shortstops ever since trading Nomar Garciaparra.

One other team that could use a settled shortstop position is the Giants, which CC Sabathia mentioned as a potential landing destination for Rollins. People are giving this proclamation a lot more weight than usual because Rollins and Sabathia are close, and the shortstop accurately predicted Sabathia would sign with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, even when the prevailing wisdom was that Sabathia would not. However, it seems as if Sabathia only mentioned the possibility, not the certainty, so there shouldn't be too much read into this just yet.

But it's still possible, as Rollins won't be afraid to leave town.

"Right now there is no better place to play baseball, especially in the National League,'' Rollins said "With that being said, I've been here since I am 17. I never thought of going anywhere else. But am I afraid to leave? Not at all. Nothing's permanent. I don't get caught up to the point where it's either this or nothing.''
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Good post. Write-up dilligently believe all you have design ed.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

the phils should sign and try to convert Edwin Encarnacion to play short...five years is to long for jroll
Did you hit your head with a large, blunt object?  Edwin Encarnacion has always been a poor fielder and has trouble fielding the ball cleanly at third.  What in the world would make you think he can be converted to shortstop?  The last time Encarnacion took the field at short, he was a 20-year-old double-A player in Chattanooga and he made two errors in six chances.  This guy has no business being anything but a DH in the AL.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Phillies will resign Jimmy Rollins, without a doubt. They would be hard pressed to find a shortstop on the free agent market that would fill his spot in that batting order (aside from Jose Reyes). Even in his mid 30's he is better than most shortstops half his age. I expect a 3-4 year deal with an option for a possible 5th year. They won't let J-Roll walk away from this team, he IS this team. At least I hope they don't.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

A5 year deal,with all the injurys he has had,how much longer can he play without another injury.I would say let him go if he wants to.Like you said I dont think there would be too many teams to give him a 5 year contract,oh excuse me I forgot about the Yanks,they have the money to throw around.Does he think that by having a good year,not the best in the league mind you.Can he guarentee 5 more years?He admited he doesn't want to play when he's 39.I would think that he want's to fatten up his retirement years.If you want to leave do it now,nobodys stoping you and dont let the door hit you in the ass.



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Then why did Cliff Lee take less money to come to Philly , whereas Rollins is ready to bolt Philly if they don't give him an outrageous contract?

Rollins has been in Philly longer, but Lee has more loyality to the Phils.

"Less" money?  When you are that high up into the millions, does "less" money apply?  I am sure Lee chose Philly over the other team with their wallet out for his own reasons (cough...NY...cough).  I am also certain that if fans spat on my wife while she was sitting in the stands that that would sway me in the other direction. 

Rollins could have left in past but chose not to.  Lee left and has since "left" a few other teams.  Have gun, will travel applies here.

We can disagree on this one but to me, Rollins is home grown and been a real Phil.  A Bob Costas hosted show on the MLB network had him and Howard on as guests and I was truly impressed with how humble and intelligent (baseball intelligence) these guys came off as.  Take it how you will, Lee have worn a few more jerseys than Rollins.




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

I also think Jimmy has more loyalty to the Phils that Cliff Lee has had towards any of his teams. 

Then why did Cliff Lee take less money to come to Philly , whereas Rollins is ready to bolt Philly if they don't give him an outrageous contract?

Rollins has been in Philly longer, but Lee has more loyality to the Phils.




Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

Scoripoxyz,
You bring up many good points.  I would look at his contract and pay like I would voting for the Hall of Fame.  Bear with me...  I would ask, what are his counterparts doing comparatively?  Where Rollins WAS one of the most dominant offsensive SS's he is not that any longer.  Where Rollins was young and played through a season he is not that any longer.  So, the question is, do the Phils want to pay him for 5 years when he may spend a good portion of it on the DL, and/or with diminished skills. 
Also, what is the backup plan for the Phils.  Reyes is EVERYONE's first choice (especially for the Giants :) and should not be counted on for those with smart business sense.  Who else is out there? 
I am still disappointed that such a class guy like Rollins had to put this out there before the playoffs.  Why cant this be a behind closed door session between Rollins and the front office?  I think Jimmy has his bags packed already.  I also think Jimmy has more loyalty to the Phils that Cliff Lee has had towards any of his teams. 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

We're watching the decline of Jimmy Rollins right before our eyes. He's injured every year with leg problems and his legs is a big part of his game. His hustle is embarrassing and a bad influence on younger players.

Charlie really likes him but I hope the front office is not as sentimental about him as Manuel.

If Rollins gets a contract somewhere next year, you just watch how he will not play half the games next year.

It's been nice, Jimmy and your career spanned the revitalization and renaissance of the Phillies but even Ted Williams' skills diminished.

Let Jimmy " Jason Werth it."  We got a better player in Pence to replace Werth. We'll get someone to replace Rollins.

Plus I just can't stand another year of watching him job slowly around the bases.


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