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Jimmy Rollins’ 2015 option just became guaranteed

Jul 25, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

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The Phillies are officially on the hook for $11 million in 2015, as Jimmy Rollins‘ option became guaranteed with his second plate appearance in tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. Per Rollins’ contract, details of which you can see at Cot’s Contracts, Rollins’ 2015 option became guaranteed by accruing 1,100 plate appearances between the 2013-14 seasons. He had 666 last season and just hit 434 this season. Conversely, had Rollins missed time due to injuries last season, the option would have also become guaranteed with 600 plate appearances this season, which he also seems likely to achieve.

The only way the Phillies will be free of the commitment is if Rollins ends the 2014 season on the disabled list and a mutually agreed-upon doctor doesn’t deem him available for Opening Day in 2015.

The $11 million commitment for 2015 is yet another obstacle if Phillies GM Ruben Amaro intends to trade Rollins. Rollins has already said he won’t waive his 10-and-5 rights, but even if they somehow convinced him to do so, there many not be many takers willing to pay a 36-year-old shortstop $11 million.

Rollins entered the night with a .243/.326/.398 slash line with 13 home runs, 45 RBI, and 19 stolen bases. He has flied out and grounded out to third in two trips to the dish tonight against D-Backs starter Wade Miley.

  1. tjwilliams - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    If it makes you feel any better, the Phillies still owe Ryan Howard $60 million over the next two years.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    I may be mistaken – but I believe this is the first time in history someone earned $11 million by failing to drive in a runner from 3rd with 1 out.

    Just sayn’

  3. gargamelsmentor - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Why did Ruben Amaro just book a flight for Jeff Galooly in late September????

    • tuberippin - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:10 AM

      That is a vintage joke right there. What is that, a ’94?

      • gargamelsmentor - Jul 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Haha….I figured 3/4 of the readers probably don’t even know who Jeff Galooly is. But you sit are correct, it is a ’94….goes great with some havarti.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    It amazes me that Amaro still has a job. Not that it really has a whole lot to do with this article but it just amazes me.

  5. schmedley69 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Jimmy’s contract isn’t that bad. He’s still an above average fielder, is producing at an acceptable level at the plate, and JP Crawford probably won’t be ready until 2016. This is nothing like the Ryan Howard contract, which will be an Albatross for years.

  6. sportsfan18 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    This just won’t do…

    I expect Ruben to rip that deal up and give him a new deal for $15 million for next season.

  7. slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I do believe the Yankees are looking for a SS. He is still good for a year or two and 11 mil is probably
    what the club-house asst. makes in tips.

  8. phillysoulfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Oh please let’s say 2015 hadn’t vested and Rollins is willing to waive his no trade clause. What do you think he would have wanted in return? Yeah 2015 picked up so no this has no bearing on his tradability

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