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Phillies have no plans for Jimmy Rollins contract extension

Oct 26, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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Philadelphia has already exercised next season’s $8.5 million option on Jimmy Rollins, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the Phillies have no plans to negotiate a long-term extension right now:

I think we’ll probably let things, at this time, play out. There’s some concern about his production the last couple of years. He’s a much better player than he’s played. We just have to make sure he’s healthy.

Rollins turns 32 years old next month, missed half of this season with injuries, and has hit just .248 with a .304 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage during the past two years. His situation is somewhat similar to Derek Jeter’s in New York, albeit on a much lesser scale. Rollins has played his entire 11-year career in Philadelphia, winning the MVP in 2007 and ranking as one of the best players in team history, but he’s also getting old for a shortstop and hasn’t been productive offensively since 2008.

I’m sure Amaro and the Phillies would love to keep him in Philadelphia beyond 2011, but committing to Rollins into his mid-30s just doesn’t make much sense at this point unless he’s willing to take a significant pay cut to make it happen. It could mean losing him next offseason, but the Phillies are right to make Rollins play for his next contract.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 26, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    They may lose Rollns but they have Howard for all eternity…

  2. haligert - Oct 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Still cannot believe they signed Howard…well…basically through 2016. I am NOT a proponent of any long term contracts (I don’t really care who you are and what you’ve done …and those are the KEY WORDS…WHAT YOU’VE DONE).
    I heard Jason Werth is looking for an 8 year deal similar to Matt Holliday…sorry..just ridiculous! I want Jason back and would go for a 4 yr – $70 million offer to him but nothing more and I believe that Philly can afford it. (their revenue is way up!!)…

  3. Jonny 5 - Oct 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    tis as expected……. he better do some leg conditioning if he wants to keep on playing…

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