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Rollins didn't leave, but sure thought about it

Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:19 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 5:24 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jimmy Rollins has never played for any team but the Phillies. With a new three-year contract that will take him through to when he's 36, and a vesting option that could take him to age 37, there's a real chance now that Rollins will never play for any team but the Phillies.

But he sure did think about it.

Rollins said Wednesday that he was intrigued enough by the idea of playing at home in California that he even considered signing a one-year contract that would have allowed him to become a free agent again next winter.

The idea would have been that the Giants, who could use Rollins but had no money to chase him this winter, could be in a better position next year, when they won't be paying Aaron Rowand and will be entering the final year of Barry Zito's contract.

The Giants still need to pay Tim Lincecum and need money to keep Matt Cain as well, so there's no guarantee they would have chased Rollins next winter, either. Rollins, who grew up in Oakland, said he only knows that the Giants "had some players asking around" about him earlier last season.

In the end, Rollins opted for security, and opted to stay with the Phillies. Truth be told, it would have been hard for him to leave the only organization he has known, even if the California option had been open to him.

"This is where I've been since I was 17 years old," Rollins said. "If you go somewhere else, for a while, you would feel like a traitor."

Rollins did have strong interest from the Brewers, but he didn't want to leave Philadelphia to go to Milwaukee. Had there been interest from the Giants or another team in California, the decision would no doubt have been tougher.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:21 pm

Rollins didn't leave, but sure thought about it

I think you might want to wake up if you really think there was no interest in Rollins. If you're trying to win right now, whose better than him outside of Tulowitzki, Reyes (also injury prone and plays when he wants to) or Hanley Ramirez? Castro and Andrus are nice young players, but I'd still take Rollins over them if trying to win now. The Phillies had absolutely no chance of getting any of these players outside of Reyes, who would've gotten a huge salary, which means they would certainly have to kiss Hamels goodbye. A lot of Phillies fans don't understand the importance of the SS position because they've been watching one of the best in Rollins for years. If you have a bad shortstop, you aren't going to be very successful year after year. If you think they should've let Rollins walk and brought up Galvis then you're just an idiot that I don't want to talk to. How'd it work when they let Werth walk and brought up Brown? They had to go out and get another free agent and were lucky to acquire Pence to play RF. I know the Nats offered him a contract that blew everyone else out, but the Phillies were never going to bring him back from the start with the hype around Brown as a prospect at that time. You aren't going to get so lucky with a replacement at the SS position. The Phillies are still the best team in the NL, but their window with this pitching staff is closing, Rollins is and was the best option at Shortstop. People should really lay off this guy.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:18 am

Rollins didn't leave, but sure thought about it

I guess Rollins still hasn't woke up.  The Phillies are the only team that wanted him.  Too many injuries, not running hard, and strikeouts for other teams to show interest.

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