The Winter Meetings have lived up to the hype. Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson have found new homes, Prince Fielder will most likely be filling out a change of address form and Alex Gonzalez is calling Brewtown his new stomping ground. Mostly all big names are making big moves.
It’s a smaller move that could potentially help the Phillies in their negotiating corner. The St. Louis Cardinals, who a lot of people thought were front runners for Jimmy Rollins, allowed Pujols to escape their grasps. This left a lot of money lying around some thought would be to sign Rollins. They, instead, decided to re-up with Rafael Furcal on a two-year deal.
With Furcal and Gonzalez signing deals with the Cardinals and Brewers, respectively, this opens it up for the Phillies to focus on Rollins. There isn’t much of a market now for a shortstop and this will definitely work in Ruben Amaro’s favor. The only obstacle left is what kind of contract will Rollins get.
Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and at this point he will be hard pressed to find any team willing to go that far. He still a very good shortstop but his numbers have been on a slow decline since his 2007 MVP season. Last season’s numbers were better than in years past but I don’t think they scream five-year deal.
The Phillies are reported to have a offered a three-year to Rollins with a possible option for a fourth. Things could get hashed out this week.
Now while Philadelphia could be welcoming Rollins back, they will waving good bye to Ryan Madson. Madson has decline arbitration with the Phillies and looks to test the closer market. I know, I didn’t know there was one either. Pat Gallen talks about what this means for the Phillies and also figured out how to get Raul Ibanez into the story. Well done, sir.
The Rule 5 draft poked his head and, as always, confused the hell out of me again this year. Good thing Phillies Nation has Jay Floyd to clear the fog. He breaks down who was taken in this year’s draft.
Coming this week we will have more player reviews and kick off our Top 20 Moments from 2011.