Salisbury: Phils, Rollins close?

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All could end well for the Phillies and their search for a short stop.

Jim Salisbury reports that things could be heating up between the Phillies and former MVP and All-Star short stop Jimmy Rollins during the Winter Meetings this month.

Dan Lozano, Rollins’ agent, said he will meet face to face with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. in Dallas.

“I’ve had numerous conversations with Ruben this off-season,” Lozano said by telephone. “We have a meeting set up for Dallas and we’ll see what transpires from that.”

Rollins, who is a free agent, is seeking a five-year deal from a team and is willing to go as low as four years with an option for a fifth.

Rollins hasn’t gotten that five-year offer yet, as speculated by us and our friends over at The Philly Phans. Though the Phillies don’t want to commit that many years to Rollins, they may have to if they want to keep their longest tenured player.

One of the teams still standing in the way of re-signing Rollins is Milwaukee, who are also in need of an offense and defensive short stop. Jose Reyes is seemingly out of their price range and Rollins is a perfect fit for the Brewers.

If Rollins decides a new destination over Philadelphia, it will raise a huge debate within in the Phillies fan base on whether or not Amaro should pursue Jose Reyes.

Amaro has stated already that he sees short stop prospect Freddy Galvis as ready to play in the majors.

Also, if the Phillies do lose Rollins via free agency, they could get something in return. The Phillies offered Rollins arbitration last week in hopes that if he declines, they could get two high draft picks.



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