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

Rollins willing to leave Philly, wants five years

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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Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Juan Pierre joins 2,000 hit club

Juan PierreBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Juan Pierre's third-inning single against the Indians' David Huff on Thursday gave him 2,000 for his career. He's the 268th player in Major League history to reach 2,000 career hits and the eight player to reach the milestone this season. Pierre's the second White Sox to reach the career mark this season, joining Paul Konerko who notched his 2,000th career hit on Aug. 23.

It was only fitting that Pierre reached 2,000 with a single -- it was the 1,667 single of his career.

Also reaching 2,000 hits this season were Carlos Lee, Orlando Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Michael Young, Scott Rolen, Adrian Beltre and Konerko. He figures to be the last to get to 2,000 this season -- but 10 players are in striking distance to reach the mark next season -- Placido Polanco (1,947), Jason Giambi (1,945), Derrek Lee (1,940), Carlos Beltran (1,895), Andruw Jones (1,880), Jimmy Rollins (1,846), Torii Hunter (1,803), Lance Berkman (1,795) and Raul Ibanez (1,774).

Pierre, 34, is the 23rd active player with 2,000 hits, led by Derek Jeter with 3,069.

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:55 am
 

Utley to miss time after being hit in head

Chase UtleyBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley did not join the team's flight to Milwaukee and will miss at least Thursday's game against the Brewers, if not more, after being hit in the head by a Eric O'Flaherty pitch in the sixth inning of the Phillies' 3-2 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

Utley stayed in the game, but was pulled after he complained of a headache in the seventh inning. Utley was expected to see the team's doctor and a concussion specialist after the game. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters Utley would undergo concussion exams on Friday.

"As I told Chase, we're not going to mess with the heart and we're not going to mess with the head," Amaro said (CSNPhilly.com). "When you get a 90-mph fastball off the melon, you have to be cautious about it. he's going to be out at least a couple of days."

As a result, Amaro said the team would activate shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list "for emergency purposes." Rollins has been on the DL since Aug. 21 with a strained groin.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Rollins self-reports trip to disabled list

By Matt Snyder

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a Grade-2 sprain in his right groin and will be placed on the disabled list, reports Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies. Yes, that's correct. You have to love the social media, as Rollins cut out any middle men (reporters) and broke his own injury news on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Rollins left Sunday's game against the Nationals in the third inning, after he appeared to injure himself on a Jesus Flores ground ball in the second inning.

Rollins is hitting .268/.342/.402 with 14 homers, 58 RBI, 79 runs and 28 stolen bases. He had been hot of late, as he'd hit successfully in 14 of the last 15 games (with a .305 average and .815 OPS) prior to Sunday. Expect Wilson Valdez to get the majority of the time at shortstop with Rollins down, marking a pretty sizeable downgrade both offensively and defensively. Still, the Phillies have dealt with injuries all season, yet have the best record in the majors.

The Phillies officially activated Placido Polanco from the DL Monday, so that will help soften the blow of losing Rollins.

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Posted on: August 21, 2011 2:55 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Rollins injures groin, to have MRI Monday

By Matt Snyder

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins left Sunday's game against the Nationals in the third inning Sunday with a right groin injury and is listed as day to day. He appeared to injure himself on a Jesus Flores ground ball in the second inning, in which Rollins ranged far to his left and had to spin around in making the throw to first. He'll have an MRI Monday morning (The Phillies Zone). Wilson Valdez took over at short for the Phillies.

You wouldn't know it to look at their record -- an MLB-best 81-43 entering Sunday -- but the Phillies have had a rash of injuries all season. Rollins came into the game hitting .269/.343/.403 with 14 homers, 58 RBI, 79 runs and 28 stolen bases. He's been hot of late, as he'd hit successfully in 14 of the last 15 games (with a .305 average and .815 OPS) prior to Sunday.

The Phillies are expected to activate Placido Polanco from the disabled list Monday (Matt Gelb via Twitter), so that will help soften the blow of losing Rollins.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:29 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Rollins bashes two home runs

Rollins
By Evan Brunell

UPJimmy Rollins, Phillies: Rollins was a wrecking ball, contributing three hits, two home runs, four runs scored and three RBI to the 9-1 thrashing of the Cubs. His homers came from both sides of the plate and boosted his season line to .277/.344/.410, which is solid. It was the second time he had done that in his career. Rollins is an impending free agent, but if he continues to hit like this, won't have much difficulty getting good contract terms with the Phillies. Even though Rollins isn't the MVP of old, he's still a solid shortstop and there aren't many out there.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: Kershaw's dominating performances are getting a bit repetitive, the true sign of an Ace. And he's only 23. He twirled eight shutout innings, striking out 12 and giving out zero free passes in a 1-0 victory over the Giants. He's driven his ERA and WHIP down to a career-best 2.88 and 1.02, respectively, throwing 137 2/3 innings and punching out 155. Did I mention he was left-handed? It's going to be fun watching him in the coming years.

Travis Snider, Blue Jays: Snider has been on a tear since returning from the minor leagues, racking up a .357 batting average and 11 extra-base hits. On Wednesday, he was 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI, defeating the Mariners 11-6. It was his second five-RBI game in 13 games and if he can keep this up, will start delivering on the promise he's always had.



DownRicky Nolasco, Marlins: Nolasco got murdered by the Padres -- the Padres -- by giving up nine earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. This happened with San Diego putting up a four- and nine-spot in the first two innings, respectively. Burke Badenhop absorbed part of the brunt after that but then settled down to go 2 2/3, with two other relievers also adding two innings apiece. The only home run of the game was hit by Will Venable to lead off the game against Nolasco, who saw his ERA spike to 4.08. "You could’ve brought [Bob] Feller back and Tom Seaver back and [the Padres] probably would’ve done them just as well," Marlins manager Jack McKeon told reporters, via MLB.com.

Alfonso Soriano, Cubs: Soriano went 0-for-3 against the Phillies. A fairly unremarkable night and perhaps not quite deserving of this call-out, but it just furthered a 1-for-21 slump he's been in for the second half. It's part of a larger trend with his batting average at .249 now, over 20 percentage points lower than it was earlier in the season. He's hit 14 home runs on the year, a solid number, but nowhere near the power binge he was enjoying and his contract looks as onerous as ever.

Sergio Santos, White Sox: The White Sox were up 1-0 entering the eighth, but Jeff Francouer doubled home a run off of Jesse Crain, the run counting against Matt Thornton. Chris Sale went three innings, faltering with two outs to go in the bottom 11th by issuing a walk and single. Closer Sergio Santos came in and promptly issued a wild pitch, allowing Gordon to score from third. Well, that'll do it.

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Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Rollins avoids DL, starting against Cubs

By Matt Snyder

Earlier this week, there was some discussion that Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins might hit the disabled list. General manager Ruben Amaro wanted to see how Rollins' deep bone bruise healed, and apparently he's either been satisfied or convinced by Rollins, who said, "if I go on the DL, it's because they made a bad decision." Seeing Thursday evening's Phillies lineup for their game against the Cubs had to be nice for Rollins, as he's in it (Matt Gelb via Twitter). Thus, no trip to the DL.

Rollins, 32, is hitting .268 with 32 runs, 14 stolen bases and a .340 on-base percentage.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Rollins could still hit DL

By Matt Snyder

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hasn't played since fouling a pitch off his knee Saturday and is now a candidate for the disabled list, according to Matt Gelb of philly.com. An MRI on Rollins' right knee revealed a deep bone bruise on both his patella (knee cap) and another bone in the area, so the Phillies will decide within the next few days whether to put him on the 15-day DL.

"We'll see how it reacts," general manager Ruben Amaro told philly.com.

Rollins apparently would be none too pleased if he was placed on the DL.

"If I go on the DL, it's because they made a bad decision," Rollins said (Gelb via Twitter)

So what we'll have here is the classic battle between a competitor wanting to stay on the field -- believing he can play through an injury -- and management being worried he's going to hurt himself worse if he plays in the short-term.

Rollins, 32, is hitting .268 with 32 runs, 14 stolen bases and a .340 on-base percentage.

If Rollins is forced to hit the DL, Wilson Valdez will likely get most of the work at short.

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