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Jimmy Rollins wants a five-year deal

Sep 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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Jimmy Rollins talked to Jon Heyman about what the future holds for him in free agency and, if he has his way, it holds a five-year contract:

“Five would be great. Five would be the number,” said Rollins. “I don’t think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want to play at 39?”

He’s couching that as a shorter, reasonable deal, but that may be on the long end of what he can expect, don’t you think?  Other than Derek Jeter, when was the last time someone made a commitment to a shortstop for his age 37 and 38 seasons like Rollins wants?

Not saying he won’t get it. Philly might do it because they’re pretty much made to stay together forever, but if for some reason Rollins and the Phillies can’t work something out, I’m skeptical that he’ll get a five-year offer from another team.

  1. Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Yikes! 5 years? I love the guy, but hasn’t he been injured enough recently to make most teams go 3-4 years max? He still has it though when he isn’t hurt, even though any team signing him needs a bench SS to make up for his down time.

    • dlevalley - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      Those issues are not issues Brian Sabean would worry about. No injury, old age, or ridiculous contract demands can hold Sabean back from a proven veteran. Brian Sabean will get his man.

      • drunkenhooliganism - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        He’s way too young for his return to the Bay Area. He should get two years from Philly, and then sign the five year deal with the Giants

      • wlschneider09 - Sep 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        Besides, you had a perfectly good well aged SS in Miguel Tejada, why would you want some inexperienced punk like Rollins?

  2. dlindstedt2 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Brewers would pull the trigger if they dont land Prince next season because the SS situation in FA and in their team is pretty bleak. SS is a hot commodity right now. Not many decent ones available.

    • paperlions - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      If the Brewers are smart enough not to give Fielder too many years at too high a salary, they sure as heck are smart enough not to give Rollins more than 3 years (at which point you’ll be lucky to get league average production when he’s healthy).

      • BG-BG-BG-BG! - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        The big issue here is that Fielder doesn’t want to stay in Milwaukee.

      • BG-BG-BG-BG! - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        I see a 3 year contract with a 1 year option. No way five years!

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    This sounds like a problem for November.

    • leerosenthall - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Hopefully he knows something about the art of negotiation, and what this really means is that he wants three years with the Phils. Who’s his agent?

  4. Louie Schuth - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    He should have said he wants a 6 year deal.

  5. jimbo1949 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    You can’t always get what you want…

    • kiwicricket - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Yep. I see what you did there.

  6. b7p19 - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    5 years is certainly too long for him at this point. The ideal situation for the Phillies would be a 3 year deal. That should take them right up to the end of their window to compete.

  7. citynative - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Rollins will come back to the Bay and be a Giant next year, but not for 5 years.

  8. dlindstedt2 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Watch him get 4

  9. aaronmoreno - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    If a team is smart to sign Rollins to a 3 year deal, then they better be smart enough to cover when they don’t sign him

  10. mercyflush - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    3 years is perfect for the Phillies. Galvis is only 21 and just starting to grow as a hittter (if this season is any indication). Another year or 2 in the minors than a year (or 2) as a bench player/ spot starter, and then he’s the Phils shortstop moving forward.

  11. The Rabbit - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    I don’t know why, but this popped into my head as soon as I read Rollins’ quote.
    “And the Lord spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.””

  12. 12strikes - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Maybe if he hires Jayson Werth’s agent he can get the Nat-in-als to give him a 5 year 100M Contract.

  13. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    If he wants five years at–what I’m assuming will be too much money–the Phillies have to let him walk and go hard after Reyes instead, right?!

    • BG-BG-BG-BG! - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      Doubtful. While Reyes is a great player, he is hurt way too much. Plus he will want way more money than the Phillies have to spend. Especially if they want to resign Madson.

      • b7p19 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        Reyes is a tough call. I’m not going to say if they should or shouldn’t, but I will say that Madson will not be the reason they don’t sing him. At least I hope not. “I’m OK with the money Reyes is asking for, but I just don’t think I can let Madson go. He’s too important.”

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Reyes has some seriously stupid looking facial hair. I don’t think the Phills would want such a big stupid head on their team.j/k Rollins will get 3-4 years @ around 10 per from Philly.

  14. xmatt0926x - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Phillies fans, meet Freddy Galvis!! Yikes…5 years? He’s still productive but for any fans who watch him play every night it’s obvious the speed is down and he’s just a hot and cold .265 hitter anymore, if that. Can Galvis match his production? Probably not but the savings of millions if you go with Galvis and the other pieces you can add with those savings might make up for the difference for the team overall. what’s he going to want, 8 to 10 million a year? Maybe even more? Give me a .250 hitting defensive gem in Galvis and save that money for other contracts or a trade deadline pick-up. I’d hate to see the team lose Rollins’ personality but it may be time to cut and run.

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