It’s a simple question, but one without an easy answer. Which player is more important to the Phillies – Jimmy Rollins or Ryan Madson? Both are about to become free agents and both will test the waters to see what each can achieve on the open market.
Some will say shortstop is the thinnest position in baseball; and Rollins keeps that position from being an issue for the Phillies.
Others will argue that, while closers are abundant in this current market, Madson is a known commodity and is still well in his prime. He’s also just scratching the surface of being a ninth-inning guy.
Rollins is an every-day player. Madson, obviously, is not. But the bullpen is now a glaring need for the Phillies.
Rollins will be 33 in 2012; Madson 31.
Who do you go with?