UPDATE, Thursday 10:20 am: Albert Pujols has inked one of the richest contracts in MLB history with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. It goes 10 years, $250-260 million with a full no-trade clause. The Angels slipped in late and got themselves one of the best hitters in the history of the game. What does this mean for the Phillies?
Well, this could mean potentially more dollars in a contract for Jimmy Rollins. With money to spend and a need at shortstop, the Cardinals could now be a player for Rollins – that is, once they wipe the tears of losing one of the best players we’ve ever seen. That has to hurt.
But will this ultimately hurt the Phillies chances of retaining Rollins? Or at least, make it more difficult. This could drive the price of a Rollins-to-the-Phillies contract higher with a new team possibly entering the fray.
This is definitley something to keep an eye on…
UPDATE, Thursday 8:50 am: While nothing has been finished as of yet, and may not be before the end of the Winter Meetings, all signs point to a deal between the two sides soon. Jon Heyman, now of CBSSports.com, says that the Phillies aren’t saying one way or another, but he doesn’t see another outcome.
Last night, the Brewers cancelled a meeting with Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano. Milwaukee was thought to be a possible suitor for Jimmy, but that no longer seems to be the case.
That means one less team is in the race for Young James, although teams can pop back up at any time. If St. Louis were to lose Albert Pujols, Rollins could be an alternative signing.
UPDATE, 5:15 pm: Jim Duquette of Sirius/XM MLB Network radio says the Phillies and Rollins have come to terms on a new contract. However, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com have not confirmed this as of yet. So, we wait.
Originally posted Wednesday, December 8 at 12:36 pm
After a few days of talking at the Winter Meetings between the Phillies brass and Jimmy Rollins agent, Dan Lozano, it appears the two sides could be getting closer to reaching a new contract agreement.
Chris Singleton of ESPN has been in Dallas this entire week and tweets today that a source within the Phillies organization tells him there are some encouraging signs pointing to a new deal in the works.
This is very encouraging news amid the rumors that the Phillies are interested in Gio Gonzalez, possibly for Domonic Brown. It has basically been a foregone conclusion that Rollins will end up back in Philly – although as we’ve seen over the past week in Dallas, anything can happen and happen quickly.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports the same from Dallas. He says on his blog that most people in the Hilton Anatole (where the meetings are located) believe J-Roll will remaing here. Zo says he thinks it’ll happen next week, a gut guess.
Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt says J-Roll is staying put as well.
How much do you give Jimmy? Fair value, in my estimation, would be 3 years, $34-37 million with a vesting option for a fourth season that would trigger with a certain number of plate appearances. What say you?