Jimmy Rollins Says He Accepted Less Money From the Phillies

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2011

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Holy shit! He's baaaaaaaack.

Is that true? Or did Jimmy just flip the Cliff Lee card?

You can decide. 

Rollins told Jim Salisbury that he accepted less guaranteed money (and years) to re-sign with the Phillies. In effect, he gave them the “hometown discount,” which is exactly what he said he wouldn’t do.


Rollins said he could have gotten a four-year deal in Milwaukee, but that couldn’t top his desire to stay in Philadelphia, where he has been a fixture at shortstop and the top of the batting order for 11 seasons. Rollins would not comment on the amount of money that Milwaukee offered.

“If it was purely about guaranteed money and guaranteed years, I’d be wearing blue and gold in Milwaukee,” he said. “There is a lure about Philly. I’ve been part of the foundation here. The fans have seen me grow up since I was 21. Do you leave that for money or do you stay home? This is where I want to be.”


That’s laudable, but is it accurate? 

Howard Eskin, whom most of you don’t like, weighed in on the Twitters:

Still believe if J rollins would have gotten more $ from Milwaukee he would have taken it. 


That’s purely speculation, but let’s delve into our Winter Meetings running commentary from last Wednesday: 

6:57 PM: A second meeting between the Brewers and Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, was cancelled. It was at that point the Brewers knew J-Roll™ was headed back to Philly. Nothing is official, but it's another sign that the Phillies and Rollins are close.

7:11 PM: And Ruben Amaro is dripping smug all over my keyboard. When told about Rollins' agent canceling a meeting with the Brewers, Amaro said: [Philly.com]

"That's good news, I guess. I haven't heard that yet. I hope it's true."


The fact that talks between the Brewers and Rollins broke down so early (the Brewers signed Alex Gonzalez last Thursday), and the Phillies didn’t reach agreement with Rollins until today, leads one to believe that either the Brewers weren’t that interested, or Rollins was willing and wanted to take a leap of faith on the Phillies offering him a comparable deal.

We’ll probably never know for sure, and the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the Brewers offering more guaranteed money and the Phillies eventually offering a higher average annual value, with an attainable fourth year. Whatever the case, Salisbury tells us that Rollins is thrilled to be back with the Phillies, and all is well after that reported “epic Roman battle” between the two sides:

From last Monday:

2:42 PM: Well, this isn’t surprising. Jim Salisbury gets his reporting on– he says that the meeting between Amaro and Lozano (Rollins’ agent) “did not go that well." Hmm… perhaps it did play out like that whole “epic Roman battle” thing from earlier. 

Sources tell Sully that J-Roll™ is still – ludicrously – asking for five years, a request that has led to the Aramis Ramirez rumors. One source tells Salisbury those rumors are all smoke and mirrors, and merely serve as a bargaining chip with Rollins… another tells him that the Phillies are melodramatically coming to terms with the fact that J-Roll™ may not be a Phillie next year. Stay tuned.


In the end, everybody hugged. Ruben slammed his wang on the table. The Phillies got a deal in their favor that will get Jimmy close to his target if he stays healthy. And we get to see more I Gotchu Games

The art of dealmaking.


  • Yournotapowerhitter December 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Jimmy – Stop popping up on the first pitch! You could have been an all-star by more than default throughout your career if you had a reasonable approach at the plate.

  • Mike December 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    “Business is buisness, and the numbers are the numbers…there’s no such thing as a home-town discount” – Jimmy Rollins pre contract.

  • joe December 18, 2011 at 2:30 am

    My name is Jroll..
    My Bank Statement says I have 32 Million..
    Hmm, should I goto shittown Milwakaukee, and move my family and house (what a pain in the ass that is) for an extra $10 mill… NAAA…
    Ill stick it out here in Philly, pretend I am a lead off hitter and swing at the first pitch and pop-up pop-up pop-up all the time and still make $10 mill more than then that guy who is slinging trash and that guy who is fighting overseas for my freedom getting shot and and seeing his buddies die, and that guy who is in a custody battle over his children… etc… screw it, I love grounding balls for a living…

  • NickFromGermantown December 18, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I love J-Roll and am glad he is staying. It’s more valuable to him to stay even if he has to take a discount. He is a true Phillie and I think it won’t be long until he’s in the booth. That’s at least what I hope.

  • Jonny December 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Nice…. Eskin is a bum.

  • Jonny December 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hey Joe, J-Roll hits for a .339 BA when he swings on the first pitch. FYI

  • NickFromGermantown December 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Great point, Jonny. The first pitch is usually the best pitch to hit. Haters are ignorant of this advantage because it is admittedly frustrating to watch.

  • Jonny December 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Yup Nick, it doesn’t look good when it doesn’t work because he didn’t work up the pitch count etc… But Jimmy does pretty good with his approach nonetheless. It’s easy for us to be cynical from our Lazy-boys.. LOL!

  • Sugar Les Bowen December 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Hey Jimmy,
    Just admit you weren’t wanted.

  • Miles December 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Man, not a lot of love for Jimmy.
    At no point did Jimmy think he was going to get 5 years. He basically admitted this in an interview with Zolecki yesterday. Anyone who has ever negotiated anything knows that you have to exaggerate your demands to get what you want in the end. Both sides got what they wanted in the end- its a fair deal.

  • matt December 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I don’t hate this deal but considering I saw Jimmy stroll down to 1B on almost every infield groundball he hit last year in a contract year I can’t wait to see his effort in that department over the next 3 seasons.

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