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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30 Comments on "Jimmy Rollins Talks Free Agency"


Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

there’s going to have to be a pretty desperate team for Rollins to get five, 4 is risky enough for a SS going into his age 33 season.

4 years 5 months ago

Jeter got 4 😛

FrankFranciscoSaysTakeASeat
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, but Jeter has at least five more good years worth of intangibles.

4 years 5 months ago

True, ITS ALL ABOUT THE INTANGIBLES!

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 5 months ago

Like Cologne Ad’s in avon magazines, gillette commericals and the OF

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 5 months ago

You forgot that Jeter has The Edge. The Ford Edge, that is.

FrankFranciscoSaysTakeASeat
4 years 5 months ago

He’s going to have to bounce back big time if he expects to land anything close to 5 years and $75 million.

4 years 5 months ago

Well, it’s a big if.

FrankFranciscoSaysTakeASeat
4 years 5 months ago

True. People would have said the same thing about Adrian Beltre before last season. Too bad for Rollins the Rangers already have a SS. They like to throw around massive contracts on infielders.

krosnest0713
4 years 5 months ago

I’ll be surprised if he gets anything more than a 2yr offer with an option year reagardless with how much he improves this year.
Hes gonna spend some time on the DL this year at some point.

dylanp5030
4 years 5 months ago

Phils will offer a 3 year deal similar to rauls with an option for a fourth IMO.

4 years 5 months ago

Im surprised Rosenthal’s article did not turn into a “Seattle trade us King Felix now for a package not nearly half his worth”…

Thats really all he writes about, isnt it?

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Being strong up the middle is so important in terms of finding team success.

That being said, the SS market is so weak, there’s just not enough good short stops to go around. Even he has a decent year I can easily see someone overpaying for him with a 5/70 or something.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

“Wait. So I’m not THAT overpaid in retrospect?”

-DJ

alphakira
4 years 5 months ago

No, you are.

Jason Klinger
4 years 5 months ago

Phillies have Freddy Galvis at AA Reading, who is a slick fielder but his offensive numbers in four minor-league seasons are NOT good: .233/.281/.294. But I’d rather they give him a shot, let Jimmy walk and then sink money into a power-hitting RH rightfielder. No sense in overpaying Jimmy for 4+ years just because there’s a scarcity of studs at SS.

belky2
4 years 5 months ago

Phillies will sign another ex-Met, Jose Reyes, 5yr/75MM.

krosnest0713
4 years 5 months ago

Why so Reyes can be injured with them as well?

BaseballLogic_Braves
4 years 5 months ago

Fine with me.

YankeePhan1234
4 years 5 months ago

Just spit balling here, what would you Yankee Fans think about a 3 year deal w/ a team option for a 4th for Rollins and Move Jeter to RF? Swish has a team option which we could pickup and trade him for a Veteran Pitcher.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

with the scarcity of good starting pitchers available what kind of return would you anticipate for 1 year of swish?

4 years 5 months ago

2012 Lineup possibility:

1) Reyes (ss)
2) Victorino (cf)
3) Utley (2b)
4) Howard (1b)
5) Fransisco (lf) or Brown (rf)
6) Brown (rf) or Fransisco (lf)
7) ??? (3b)
8) Ruiz (c)

krosnest0713
4 years 5 months ago

Unless they get Reyes for cheap I do not see where they are going to get the money for Reyes. Yes Ibanez and Rollins and possibly Lidge(doesnt he have an option?) are coming off the books at the end of the season. But with all the money they have tied up with the rotation(Oswalt has an option doesnt he?) I dont think theyd have a whole bunch of money free. Even for next season

krosnest0713
4 years 5 months ago

Why? If they do not resign him it’ll because he has been hurt and on the DL so much.
Why does everybody always have to bring up race that is a stupid remark right there.
They released Castillo because he was not producing as well as Perez. It will be the same if they do not sign Reyes.

TimotheusATL
4 years 5 months ago

Hu’s supposed to be on first (?)

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

“I don’t give a darn” is the SS.

dylanp5030
4 years 5 months ago

We should trade for Hanley or Tulo.

SixAces
4 years 5 months ago

And then land Pujols and acquire King Felix!

JST1331
4 years 5 months ago

Sorry I’m picking on your but I hate when people say to trade for one of the best players in the game. I hate having a reputation like that Yankees where we can buy anything. As much as I like getting big time free agents we have to develop more in our minor leagues.

dylanp5030
4 years 5 months ago

It’s cool, I was not serious at all.