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Phillies’ meeting with Jimmy Rollins’ agent “did not go all that well”

Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins‘ agent met recently with the Phillies and Jim Salisbury of reports that the meeting “did not go all that well.”

Salisbury writes that Rollins continues to insist on a five-year contract, with the Phillies understandably balking at making that sort of commitment to a 33-year-old shortstop who’s already started to decline.

In the meantime the Phillies have increased their pursuit of free agent Aramis Ramirez and are said to be shopping Placido Polanco to potentially make room at third base. However, a source told Salisbury that he still expects Rollins to eventually re-sign with the Phillies and indicated that the team’s interest in Ramirez is only as a fallback option.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    He still wants his 5-year deal? Seriously? C’mon man, if you keep being this stubborn nobody is gonna hire you. Personally I’d take a legitimate chance at a WS ring over an extra couple of guaranteed years in a second

  2. stex52 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Good thing Ed Wade is gone. Otherwise he (and a monster commitment) might be headed to Houston by now.

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    C’mon J-Stroll…. 5 years? Really? You’ll be 38, and from what I’ve seen.. Well let’s just say you’ve missed one third of your games over the last two seasons from injury…. ONE THIRD…

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      Well…there you go.

      Rollins probably wants to play 3 more seasons, but he realizes that it’ll take him 5 years to play 3 seasons. Dude is self aware.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        LMAO!! PL, you did find your sense of humor. Congrats!

      • Kyle - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        Ha! great stuff.

      • phukyouk - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        easily one of the best comments in HBT history

  4. marinersnate - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Let’s see. Formerly really good SS, but one who is now old and in serious decline, wants BIG $, long term contract from his current team. Current team gives him the horse-laugh. No other serious bidders, at least at that price. Didn’t we see part one of this movie last winter?

    • Kevin S. - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      Fortunately for the Phillies, Randy Levine does not work for them.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        Are you sure he doesn’t? Papelbon 4 yrs/$50MM guaranteed. 5th year should be an easy vesting option making it a 5 yr/$63MM deal. Bring back the type of deal or memories of anyone you might recall.

  5. mojosmagic - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Bad move by Jimmy’s agent because Ruben won’t wait around and Ruben has 10 million options.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Not really, not at SS; but if he signs Rollins to 5 years he’s going to start looking like Hendry.

  6. chaseutley - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Jimmy and the Phillies are like those friends of yours who have been dating for way too long. You love them both, but you’re not sure they’re necessarily right for each other.

    Now Jimmy’s looks are fading and he’s pressuring Amaro for a ring. Amaro’s not sure he wants to commit over the long haul and it’s starting to get uncomfortable for everybody.

    I’m pulling for them, but this could get ugly….. and soon.

  7. lanflfan - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Curious move by Rollins and his agent. As Furcal has been a member of the walking wounded squad as well, I’m not sure what leverage they think they have (unless the Yankees want another aging SS on their roster).

  8. andyreidisfat - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Honestly at this point I would rather have furcal and Ramirez over rollins. At this point if furcal can stay healthy I don’t think the numbers will be much different , plus Ramirez in our park could hit 40 homers and give Howard serious protection. Letting pence be our lead off hitter.

  9. cmutimmah - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Rollins (play at 3B) and Polonco (2B) to the Tigers. Sign Cespedes…


    That’s a solid lineup 40% of the time… (injuries and of course Leyland resting guys 30 games a year….)

  10. randygnyc - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Jeter envy.

    • marinersnate - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:06 AM

      Yup. Because EVERYONE! envies Jeter… We now return you to your YES network.

  11. xmatt0926x - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    It’s funny. Rollins doesn’t seem to be your typical dumb athlete who’s out of touch with reality but he’s way off on this one. Apparently the Phillies might even go 4 years with him and he’s still holding out. I don’t think another team goes 4 years with him, much less 5. He obviously thinks the Phillies will cave. If they move on he may be left out in the cold for a good long while. He doesn’t have the Jeter thing going on either where the fans are demanding that the club take care of him based on prior years accomplishments. Rollins is a quasi-household name in baseball but the more you see his interviews it really becomes apparent that he holds himself and his good, but not great career in higher regard than the rest of the world.

  12. HitsDingers - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    What are the odds Amaro bid on Nakajima

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