Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

Dec. 8

4:00 PM — The Milwaukee Brewers officially took themselves out of the hunt for Jimmy Rollins when they signed Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with a vesting option.

Looks like the Phillies only real threat now is St. Louis.

11:40 — The Phillies have left the Winter Meetings without reaching a deal with free agent short stop Jimmy Rollins, according to Bob Brookover.

General Manager Ruben Amaro remains confident:

“Nothing is scheduled (with Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano), but I’m sure we’ll be in touch with each other sometime soon,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said after the Rule 5 draft brought an official close to the winter meetings. “I’m concerned about filling that spot, but overall I’m not concerned.”

12:04 AM — As expected, free agents Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson and Raul Ibanez all declined arbitration.

Dec. 7

11:22 — Rollins himself confirms he is not accepting arbitration.

11:00 — Jim Salisbury just kicked every Phillies fan in the gut with this tweet: “Phillies sources say there was no meeting with Jimmy Rollins rep tonite.”

What is going on right now?

9:00 — According to the Inquirer’s Bob Brookover, a deal with Rollins could very well be reached tonight. “Phils meeting with Rollins’ agent Lozano right now and could get to finish line tonight.”

8:00 — The first indication that the Phillies and free agent short stop Jimmy Rollins are near a deal: “Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano cancelled yesterday’s meeting with Brewers.”

Noon — Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinal in Milwaukee said the Brewers are out of the running for Rollins, instead looking to re-sign Yuniesky Betancourt among other options.


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