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According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, free agent short stop and Jimmy Rollins agree to a three-year deal with a vesting option for a fourth year.
Crasnick’s report comes via a baseball source according to the ESPN.com writer.
“Rollins didn’t have much leverage with Phillies. Brewers made an offer, but he ultimately wanted to stay home,” said Crasnick in a follow-up tweet.
CSN’s Jim Salisbury confirmed that the deal is worth about $33 million. Matt Gelb specified the vesting option, saying the fourth year relies on plate appearances and Rollins’ health.
For Rollins, Philadelphia is the only home the 33-year old short stop has ever had in the major leagues.
“I’ve been here since 1996. That’s a long time in this organization,” Rollins said shortly after the season ended. “It’s the only one I’ve known. I’ve never thought about having to go anywhere else.”
The importance of Rollins staying with Philadelphia has been stressed many times this off season. The defense, the veteran leadership and his timely offensive prowess make him one of the best short stops in baseball still.
Granted Rollins’ numbers have not been near what they were in his MVP campaign in 2007, he can still provide a huge spark at the top, in the middle or at the bottom of the order for the Phillies.
The next questions raised will be whether or not he’s still a lead-off hitter or if the Phillies will want to experiment with him in the two, three or six spot next season while the Phils start without their slugging first baseman Ryan Howard.
All of those questions will be answered soon. But for now, welcome back to Philadhia, Jimmy. The “Team to Beat” namesake can stick around another three, or maybe four more years.
EXTRA — Check out the Zo Zone for the full transcript from Todd Zolecki’s interview with Jimmy Rollins on the phone.