–Aramis Ramirez has reportedly signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers worth between $34-$37 million. He’ll man the hot corner for a franchise that is expected to lose it’s first baseman and could be without the MVP of the league due to a PED suspension.
Obviously, that makes it more likely that the Phillies hold on to Placido Polanco. There had been interest in Ramirez from the Phils side, but that seemed to be more of a backup plan if Jimmy Rollins did not re-sign. Now that Ramirez is out, it seems even more likely J-Roll returns.
–We wait. It’s been a waiting game all offseason as the Phillies stick to their guns by not offering Jimmy Rollins the five-year contract he so desires. Rollins has lost several potential suitors, first by being adamant about his demands, and then during the Winter Meetings when teams like Milwaukee and St. Louis inked other shortstops to shorter, friendlier deals. Now what’s left?
You’d think it’s just down to the Phillies, with perhaps San Francisco waiting in the wings should something go wrong. And I never count out the Red Sox, even though they have Marco Scutaro back in the fold. They’re always willing to spend money.
That being said, it seems like a contract is on the horizon. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com noted over the weekend that Ruben Amaro Jr. would be meeting with Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, to discuss a new deal. No information has been leaked from that meeting as of yet. The two sides have kept it under wraps, which I’m assuming each prefer.
Just when Rollins believed that the Albert Pujols deal may have helped him, he could not be looking at lost leverage. Rafael Furcal is back with the Cardinals for two-years, $14 million. Alex Gonzalez signed with the Brewers on a one-year pact. San Francisco has Brandon Crawford waiting in the wings, plus Ryan Theriot and Jeff Keppinger to hold down the fort until he’s ready.
Is J-Roll hoping Oakland comes in with a late pitch so he can return to the Bay Area? Billy Beane isn’t in the best position to be offering an aging shortstop anywhere near five years.
Basically, it’s now a waiting game. Both sides are holding firm in their positions, but eventually, one will have to break. It seems like it’ll have to be Rollins, or else he’ll lose what little leverage remains.
–The Phillies remain interested in left-handed reliever George Sherrill, according to Jon Paul Morosi from FoxSports.com. Is he worth it? Just because he’s a lefty and a veteran, it doesn’t mean the Phillies should go that direction.
Last season, he revitalized his career in Atlanta, posting a 3.00 ERA a year after it was 6.69 in Los Angeles. Lefties had some success against him in 2011, but was that driven by luck? Lefties hit .256 against him, but their OPS was a meager .608. Sherill allowed just one homer in 81 plate appearances vs. lefites, as well. His numbers could have been even better had his BABIP not been an absurd .422. Only a four of the 20 hits he gave up were for extra-bases (three doubles, one home run).
Does he fit into the Phillies plans? Possibly, although he turned down a chance to come to Philly before the ’11 season. That being said, should the Phillies give Joe Savery a chance to be the LOOGY and second lefty behind Antonio Bastardo? Guess you can never have too many southpaws.