Odds and Ends: Ramirez, Rollins, Sherrill

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 12, 2011 03:20 PM | Comments: 13

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?

Just come on home Rollins.

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.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Dam i kind of wanted Aramaris. Since RAJ plan B is no more does this shift the leverage back to J-Roll’s camp

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Sherrill would be a nice addition at a good price.

    Anyone else surprised Pence, Kendrick and Hamels still not tendered?

    • Posts: 0 George

      No. Pence and Hamels don’t have to be tendered because they’re already under contract.

      It’s Kendrick and Valdez who need to be tendered, but the Phils have until the end of the day to do so. Most teams wait to the last minute.

      • Posts: 0 psujoe

        Good point.

      • Posts: 0 George

        I’m not sure what I was thinking when I mentioned Hamels and Pence. Being arbitration eligible they COULD be non-tendered, not that that would ever happen. I think all the extension talk made me think they were under contract.

  • Posts: 0 George

    The Rollins/Amaro “standoff” may not be what it seems. If a compromise is being worked out, with vesting options and incentives, there will be more language to go through and more clauses to put in place, and it will take more time to get everything right.

    I don’t think the Phils had a huge interest in Aramis Ramirez, and I don’t think it would have been wise to sign him to a multi-year contract, anyway, given his below average defense, his age, and his previous back issues.

    I’m not sure about Sherrill. He’d be okay, but only if he’s cheap.

    • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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      Good point about Rollins, very possible. At this point I really can’t see him getting more than Aramis Ramirez got.

      I like George Sherill, but if Joe Savery can get one batter out for less, I think I’d go that route. Obviously it’s a trust issue and whether the Phils scouts and minor league coaches feel he can contribute.

  • Posts: 3 Phillyfanatic

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    I want Cespedes!

    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      I dunno, Centipedes scare me.

      • Posts: 0 George

        It’s Cesspools that scare me!

  • Posts: 3073 Chuck A.

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    I was hoping that we would have gotten Sherrill two years ago (2010) at the deadline….sort of a Scott Eyre kind of thing. His lefty/righty splits are ridiculous…at least they were then. Not sure how he would be now. I agree….if he’s cheap enough then I’m all for it.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I wonder if the Phils would be interested in Jeff Keppinger as an upgrade over utility man Wilson Valdez. Keppinger is a better hitter and plays the same positions.

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Theriot available as well.

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