Jimmy Rollins Talks Free Agency

Jimmy Rollins chatted recently with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports about his impending free agency.  The 32-year-old shortstop seems at ease entering the first contract year of his career:

"If I do what I’m supposed to do and I’m healthy, I’ll get signed somewhere, if not here. I’m not worried about that part. Just having a healthy season and feeling good, that’s the only thing I’m concerned with."

The Phillies are the only team Rollins has ever known, but it's too early to determine the extent of the gap between his asking price and the commitment the Phillies are willing and able to make.  As Rosenthal points out, the Phillies don't have a replacement ready at the top levels of the minors.

Despite Rollins' slipping on-base percentage, his 10.2% walk rate last year was a career-best.  He still has good pop for a shortstop, and his defense remains well-regarded.  If Rollins stays healthy and his batting average bounces back, he could be in line for a four or five-year deal worth upwards of $15MM a year.  The 2012 free agent market potentially features at least four other starting shortstops: Jose Reyes, Rafael Furcal, Alex Gonzalez, and J.J. Hardy.  That crop is better than usual, but it's still very difficult to find a quality shortstop. 

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