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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.

[CSNPhilly.com

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.

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BREAKING: Phillies Re-Sign Jimmy Rollins

Kyle Scott - December 17, 2011

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According to a report by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, confirmed by Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have re-signed Jimmy Rollins. It is a three-year deal with a vesting option for a fourth year.

CSN's Jim Salisbury reports the deal is worth $33 million over the first three years. Other reports say the fourth year would be for $11 million.

It's pretty clear that the Phillies had the leverage in negotiations– Rollins originally wanted five years, no less. With other potential suitors falling off the table, the deal – at least in terms of years – worked in the Phillies’ favor, though you do have to wonder if years three (and four?) will be productive ones.

 

The folks from La Salle's Sports Talk Philadelphia spoke to Crasnick just moments before he broke the news. You can listen to that interview after the jump.

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Your Winter Baseball Roundup: Unkempt Ruben, Derek Jeter’s Gift Basket, Rollins Update, Marlins Stadium and So Much More

Kyle Scott - December 13, 2011

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Photo: Michael Barkann

One year ago at this hour, we found out that there was a third, mystery team involved with Cliff Lee. Today? A roundup of nonsensical baseball links.

– As you can see up above, Ruben Amaro looks like he just finished up a 12-hour bender. That, or him and Jimmy Rollin’s agent, Dan Lozano, had a powwow at Cheerleaders. Perhaps both. 

Anyway, Rube was a guest on WIP today with Mike and Ike today. Quite honestly, he looks like shit– but we’ll assume that’s because he’s working on another December surprise not named Dontrelle Willis.

Jayson Stark reports that Lozano now says he’s having dialogue with a second team about Rollins. Other clubs believe that team is the Tigers. This could be true, or Lozano could be making the whole thing up in order to gain negotiation leverage since no other teams are interested in J-Roll™.

More Jimmy: According to Philly.com’s Dan Gross, Rollins chowed down on the “Big Rube” at Slice the other day. The sandwich was named after a Daily News writer, but we’ll go ahead and assume that there’s a hidden meeting in all of this… or that it was named after Reuben Frank.

– The now single Derek Jeter is banging chicks at an alarming rate. That’s to be expected. So is his move of calling his conquests a car in the morning (that was a staple of Pat Burrell). But what wasn’t expected is Jeter’s (now patented?) calling card: Not only does Jete Spot – always wanted to call him that, and now seems like the appropriate time – pay the transportation costs for his lady friends, but he also leaves them a goodie bag in the car.

Take it away, New York Post:

“Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball,” the friend dished.

“This summer, he ended up hooking up with a girl who he had hooked up with once before, but Jeter seemed to have forgotten about the first time and gave her the same identical parting gift, a gift basket with a signed Derek Jeter baseball,” the pal said.

“He basically gave her the same gift twice because he’d forgotten hooking up with her the first time!”

 

Oh sweet Jesus, that’s awesome. The memorabilia amounts to a parting gift which says “I just fucked Derek Jeter.” And let’s be honest, that isn’t a bad parting gift for a young lassie.

The real question is, do other athletes do this? Would Bryz leave behind a compass and nesting dolls? Does Jagr leave a signed photo of himself saluting? Does DeSean Jackson get his women a car with the middle seat blocked off? Did Freddie Mitchell just drop his off the balcony? I would truly love to know.

– Dontrelle Willis is a master tweeter. You can follow him right here:

 

The Marlins may want to get cracking on that whole stadium thing: via Joe Capozzi

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– Finally, Drew and I spoke with new Phillie Frank Gailey on Broad Street Radio today. The Manayunk-area native talked about being traded to the hometown Phillies. You can listen to that interview after the jump (5:00 mark).

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Jimmy Rollins at Villanova-Temple Game, ESPN Adds 100 Years to Dunphy’s Life

Kyle Scott - December 11, 2011

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Photo via Buzz on Broad, who has Jimmy's reaction to Ryan Braun being a lying, thieving whore

I was going to avoid this since my Villanova Wildcats have turned into a punching bag… albeit a young, promising (?) one. But, well, here are two screen grabs from yesterday’s Big Five tilt between Villanova and Temple. 

As you can see, Jimmy Rollins, who is buddies with Jay Wright (sorry, TU), was in attendance.

You Temple folks can insert your boastful comments down below– I’m just going to lock myself in a dark room and watch this clip of Scottie Reynolds hitting the game-winning basket against Pitt on an endless loop.

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Apparently, Dunph is 163-years-old

H/T to reader Jeff for the Dunph screen grab

Some Brief AM (ex?)-Phillies News: More on Jimmy Rollins’ Crummy Agent and Jamie Moyer is Writing a Book

Kyle Scott - December 1, 2011

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Photo: Deadspin

Surely you remember the story from last week about Jimmy Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, who, according to Deadspin sources, is one of the worst people in the world. Among his misdeeds, Lozano allegedly lures clients in by pretending that he's someone he’s not, uses hookers to both woo and blackmail clients, and repeatedly lies about his past.

Not surprisingly, Lozano’s lawyer had a few things to say about those claims. He sent Deadspin a letter before their story was published, and in it, denied many claims… claims which Deadspin never intended to publish, anyway. 

In a way that is oh-so-A.J. Daulerio, the now Gawker editor let Lozano’s lawyer bring to the surface some claims that otherwise would have never seen the light of day. You can read all of them here, but there’s one interesting denial that we’d like to point out. Take it away, Dan Lozano’s lawyer:

The charities where my client serves an officer of for Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols are not being used by my client for any personal benefits whatsoever. The assertion to the contrary is a false and absolute defamatory accusation. 

 

So, there you have it– Lozano is not using J-Roll’s™ charity for personal benefit, a claim that none of us knew anything about until right now.

… 

In other, less seedy news, Jamie Moyer is going to be writing a book about exactly what you would have thought Jamie Moyer would write a book about: the mental aspect of pitching. His co-author will be Daily News editor Larry Platt. From Phillyburbs.com:

"It's basically the continuing education of 49-year-old pitcher Jamie Moyer," says Platt of the book which he expects to be released by the beginning of the 2013 baseball season. "Here's a guy who had been cut by three teams at 31, then he meets Harvey Dorfman. He starts to realize pitching is what takes place from the neck up. He learns that pitching is using hitters' egos against themselves." 

 

Dorfman is, of course, Roy Halladay’s mind-fuck doctor who passed away earlier this year. 

Anyway, Moyer’s book sounds like a real page-turner… full story here.

Worst Person in the World Nomination: Jimmy Rollins’ Agent, Dan Lozano

Kyle Scott - November 23, 2011

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You know it’s bad when you give agents a bad name.

Without being too unfair, agents are essentially the pilot fish of professional sports: They latch on beneath the sharks that are talented word-class athletes and gobble up small percentages of their earnings. Though the shark would rather save the whole loot for himself, the fish serve an important and necessary role, cleaning remnant food and accompanying parasites from the shark. So the shark doesn’t eat them.

Agents perform odd jobs to keep their clients happy… and take small (but substantial) portions of their earnings. So it shouldn’t be a surprise when we read a tale about a skeevy agent. But Dan Lozano, the agent for Jimmy Rollins and Albert Pujols, among others, is a creep of a different class. Deadspin has the story:

According to one competitor, Lozano "was known around the agent scene as a hooker ringleader," and women were his primary and most effective method of wooing potential clients.

"You come out for a meeting," explains that agent, who emphasizes that the practice isn't limited to Lozano. "You have a good time, some good drinks, you take a girl to bed, what's going to happen? You're a 20-year-old kid, and you think every agent is pretty much the same. You're going to pick the one who's fun to hang out with."

Not to mention, he adds, it lets an agent "have something on the guy."

 

That's certianly nothing new for agents, nor is it to imply that Jimmy was a part of those shenanigans, but the article is a fascinating glimpse inside the world of an agent. And if you’re wondering if that article includes graphic pictures of cunnilingus… well, yes it does.

Give it a read.

Photos: Jimmy Rollins’ Havana Nights, Brent Celek’s Celebrity Server Event

Kyle Scott - November 15, 2011

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Oh Cole… [Photo: Phillies]

Two charity events last night: Former Phillie (sobs) Jimmy Rollins held his Havana Nights event to help prevent child abuse. Phillies.com has some photos (Charlie Manuel in attendance).

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Brent Celek held his second annual celebrity server night at Morton's which benefits sick children. Our friend HughE Dillon has some photos at Philly Chit Chat. Why yes, Virginia, that photo gallery does include Julie Dorenbos and Todd Herremans' mustache.

Not So Fast on That Ryan Madson Thing

Kyle Scott - November 9, 2011

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It looks like the local and national scriputals are suffering from a case of premature speculation, and, ew, it’s all over the city’s news stories.

Last night, many writers said that a four-year, $44 million agreement had been reached between the Phillies and Ryan Madson. SI.com reported that the Big Poker (Ruben Amaro, not Kane Kalas) was simply waiting for David Montgomery to approve.*

*I’d imagine that if this was the case, the response would have been something like: What are you fucking crazy? $44 million to a reliever? I’m not an open checkbook here. How much of that is going to appease his wife? 10, 12 million? Fuck!

Anyway, we don’t think that exchange ever took place because, according to Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies and Madson never reached a deal (an assertion that echoes what Jim Salisbury said on CSN last night).

Rosenthal continues:

The Phillies, who also had been talking with the top free-agent closer, Jonathan Papelbon, are reconsidering their options, sources said.

 

Last night, Salisbury thought Papelbon may be the Phillies' number one option. Oh boy.

Breathe easy, Sarah, hubby may not be sticking around much longer. And if the price was going to be $44 million… I may be OK with that.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Rollins Tweeted a picture of young J-Roll™: [from last night]

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Nice.