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Jimmy Rollins won’t take “hometown discount” from Phillies

Oct 3, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Jimmy Rollins

When he wasn’t busy taking shots at Jose Reyes and tweeting about how the fans at last night’s game weren’t loud enough Jimmy Rollins told Todd Zolecki of that he won’t accept a “hometown discount” to remain with the Phillies after this season.

Rollins has spent his entire professional career with the Phillies after they picked him in the second round of the 1996 draft, but will be eligible for free agency this winter following a six-year, $46.5 million contract.

When asked about possibly of using the postseason to increase his free agent stock, Rollins replied:

If that happens, that happens. I mean, it can help some, but I am who I am, postseason, regular season, regardless. When free agency comes about, people are going to pay you for what your numbers reflect, not just for a three-week snapshot.

That’s a refreshing take considering all the media members who focus on how single-game performances from players in October supposedly “made him millions” or “cost him millions.”

Zolecki reports that Rollins “would like a five-year contract, although it seems unlikely the Phillies would offer him that.” In his MVP-winning 2007 season Rollins played all 162 games and hit .296 with an .875 OPS. In the four seasons since then he’s missed 126 games and hit .261 with a .737 OPS. Toss in the fact that he’ll be 33 years old next month and a five-year commitment would be incredibly risky for any team.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Well… if the team can pay him as a regular starting SS for the first three years and he accepts utility man money on years 4 and 5… (I’m sorry Jimmy, I don’t see you being a starter after age 36)

  2. citynative - Oct 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Again, he will be a Giant.

    • gogigantos - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      oh my god, nooooooooooooooooo
      I am actually on the fence about this, can you tell?
      I understand the exciting veteran, former MVP, aging and prone to breaking down and extreme money spent for the immediate satisfaction of it all that so so so appeals to Sabes,, but,,, well
      all that is rational and holy tell me that a line-up can be built and the position fielded better with a cheap and flashy Crawford who will will will hit better than any money saved,,, oh man,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • scatterbrian - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      good call, I was thinking the same…

    • clydeserra - Oct 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      But they will let him play on whatever team he likes for the first 2 years of the 5 year contract. Sabes can’t have someone anchoring short stop that isn’t constitutionally eligible to be president.

  3. Marty - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    “single-game performances from players in October supposedly “made him millions” or “cost him millions.””

    If this were true, Cliff Lee would be making scrub wages with the Phillies.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Yep, a Cy Young and ERA’s around 3 in the AL equate to scrub wages. Good call.

      • aaronmoreno - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        Swing and a miss!

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        Dr. He’s referring to Lee’s less than stellar 2010 World Series performance. He’s also piling on the dubious claim of October performance costing players millions.

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM

      You don’t watch much baseball, do you?

      ….otherwise you would have referenced Carlos Beltran rather than the regular season awesomeness that has been Cliff Lee the last 4 years.

      • Marty - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        You three can’t read that well, can you?

        “single-game performances from players in October”

        Chill your emotions, reset and try again.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM

        Your comment is not clear. I don’t immediately think of poor October performances when I think of Cliff Lee. In fact, I think just the opposite.

  4. gogigantos - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Yo Jimmy, stay in Phillie,, the Phans love you there,,,
    unless you can’t get out of StL in the next couple of games,,,, hehehe
    and then, well, you all deserve each other

  5. halladaysbiceps - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Jimmy needs to keep his mouth shut about his contract situation. He should be focusing solely on this series. His other comment about the fans not being loud enough at last nights game was also absurd. It’s not the first time he has taken a cheap shot at fans.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      If only cheap shots were OBP…

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 3, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Agree with biceps totally. Just shut your mouth and play. Ohh…and don’t go into a “gotta get on espn” dive for a grounder when it’s not necessary. Shane’s dropped fly ball wasn’t the only defensive miscue of the night.That grounder was at his glove before he started his slide. The “fans aren’t loud enough” nonsense will simply be written off by the media as “ohh, there goes Jimmy the leader again, trying to deflect criticism from the team onto himself” drivel. I like Jimmy overall but biceps is correct. He does take his cheap shots now and then. If he leaves in free agency you’ll see him really unload.

  6. seanmk - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    i know todd is reporting this now, but july 8th jimmy said the same thing in a radio interview, and really good for jimmy, there is no reason he has to take a discount, he’s never going to get a bigger payday in his life going forward, this is it so get the most you can get. and biceps you are right it’s nto the first time he’s taken a shot at the fans, but at the same time he’s right, the stadium was DEAD after the 2nd inning, granted the players didn’t exactly help the situation.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Untrue, there was plenty of noise in the later innings; as an example when Brad Lidge got that ground ball double play Theriot hit into. They also made noise in the bottom of the 8th. But you have to actually get folks on base and get good at bats to provide energy. I mean if you dissolve quickly into 0-2 counts, that’s hardly motivation for waving the rally towel is it?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Yeah, it ESPECIALLY sounded like a funeral parlor in there when this dipshit got picked off first base with two outs and Utley at the plate. J-Roll, I love you but get the $@$#%@ off Twitter and stop making an ass out of yourself.

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

      The fans of any team typically get quiet when the offense gets shut down at a 15 in a row clip by an opposing teams bullpen after your second ace blows a 4 run lead. Does anyone think St. Louis would have been rocking while watching Halladay shut them down 21 times in a row? It’s human nature. This is just Jimmy being Jimmy.

      • xmatt0926x - Oct 3, 2011 at 3:36 PM

        Great point Fiorentino. I forgot all about that and it makes Jimmy’s comments all the more rediculous. I’m getting the feeling that Jimmy know’s he’s playing his last games as a Phillie and if things go bad for the team he’s going to go into full cheap-shot mode.

  7. citynative - Oct 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    By the way J-Rol is a Niners fan. He, like a third of the Phillies team, knows their roots of California.

  8. sasquash20 - Oct 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    The Phillies would be dumb to let him go anywhere. Dude is still a great glove. That is what is important in a SS. Hes still got a bat, but not what it used to be. Hes never been a great offensive player but is still solid. Has always needed more plate discipline, never walked enough.

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