Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 28, 2011 08:36 AM Comments: 45
It’s hard to imagine No. 11 not manning shortstop in the future. After all, he’s been with the Philadelphia Phillies organization for 15 years. Jimmy Rollins doesn’t see it that way – he wants to get paid because he sees baseball as a business.
Jon Heyman of SI.com wrote today that Rollins will be looking for a five-year commitment from a team this offseason following what he hopes will be another championship run with the Phils. He’s not in the business of giving the Phillies a hometown discount, realizing this could be his final chance to cash in. Plus, J-Roll gave a pseudo-discount before he signed his contract in 2006. Perhaps Rollins feels like the forgotten man.
Chase Utley promptly signed an $85 million deal just after Rollins inked his. Since then, the Phillies have invested over $100 million in Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee. Hell, Joe Blanton is making the same amount per season as Rollins.
It’s apparent Jimmy understands the constraints within the organization. Ruben Amaro can only spend so much money, and while they do have some breathing room this offseason with a couple of expiring deals, they’ll have a tough choice to make.