PHILADELPHIA, PA: Jimmy Rollins #11 and Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after Rollins scored on a Ryan Howard #6 RBI single in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Jimmy Rollins, Phillies Agree To 3-Year Deal, According To Report

Jimmy Rollins agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract to remain with the Phillies. The deal includes a vesting option for a fourth season worth an additional $11 million.

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Jimmy Rollins Could Earn $44 Million Over 4 Years

Jimmy Rollins' new three-year deal to remain with the Phillies is worth a guaranteed $33 million. The contract includes a vesting option, reported to be easily attainable, for a fourth season worth another $11 million.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was the first to report the deal and dollar amount, which has since been confirmed by multiple outlets, including Rollins also tweeted about his new contract Saturday afternoon:

Rollins turned 33 last month; if the fourth year of his contract vests, he'll be signed through 2015 when he'll be 36 years old. Fortunately, he's still a productive hitter when healthy. While he's yet to match the numbers he put up in 2007 during his National League MVP campaign, his .268/.338/.399 line and 101 OPS+ from this past season was his best since 2008.


Report: Jimmy Rollins Returning To Philadelphia Phillies

In a deal that's been widely anticipated for some time, the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins are extending their professional relationship well into this decade.'s Jerry Crasnick:

The Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement with shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a three-year contract with a vesting option for a fourth year, according to a baseball source.


With completion of the deal, Rollins will stay with the organization that has been his baseball home since 1996, when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the amateur draft.

We can't really evaluate this deal completely until we've got the dollars, but the Phillies need a shortstop in 2012 and Rollins, even at 33, is still a good one. At this point he's essentially a league-average hitter and a league-average fielder, which makes him a pretty valuable player when he's healthy enough to play.

And Rollins has been durable, with the exception of 2010.

This contract might not look so great in 2015 and/or '16. But in the short term, the Phillies once again seem well-positioned to win the National League East.


Report: Jimmy Rollins Staying With Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies are -- stop me if you've heard this before -- built for the short term. They've traded away prospects for players who could help right away, and they've signed players to contracts that probably aren't going to age well.

So it was weird, then, that the Phillies were thinking about letting Jimmy Rollins walk. His departure would leave a substantial hole, both offensively and defensively, in the Phillies' plans. He wants a five-year deal, which the Phillies aren't willing to give, but it's unlikely that anyone is going to give that to him.

Surprise! It looks like Rollins is probably staying. From Tom Hadricourt:

Brewers hearing that Jimmy Rollins is staying with Phillies, so looks like he's out as possible SS option. Furcal, Gonzalez, Yuni left.

Ken Rosenthal doesn't see it as a done deal yet, but Hadricourt is a Brewers beat writer, and he's likely hearing from some Brewers people who can afford to be candid. If the Phillies aren't close to re-signing Rollins, they should probably read the blockquote again. With every shortstop that's snatched up, Yuni Betancourt becomes more and more of a possibility. Go, go, go!


Jimmy Rollins, Phillies Not On Same Page

Jimmy Rollins is a free agent shortstop. The best free agent shortstop, Jose Reyes, signed with the Marlins on Sunday, which you'd think would give Rollins a little more negotiating leverage. Rollins is looking for a five-year contract. Did Reyes signing for six years make a five-year contract for Rollins more likely?

Well, the Phillies are as reluctant as ever. From Jim Salisbury:

Phillies officials have met with Jimmy Rollins’ representative and the meeting, "did not go all that well," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Rollins wants five. The Phillies are comfortable with three. Salisbury says there's been no indication that the Phillies would go to four.

So. Where does that leave Rollins? Buster Olney suggested that the Brewers and Cardinals could be other landing spots, but then Jerry Crasnick reported that the Cardinals have no plans of getting involved, and wouldn't change their minds even if they miss out on re-signing Albert Pujols. Maybe that isn't true, but it definitely isn't what Rollins and agent Dan Lozano want to hear as they try to drum up competition.

Rollins is the big-name shortstop left on the market, but there are enough available shortstops a tier below - whether through a trade, like Jason Bartlett, or in free agency, like Alex Gonzalez and Rafael Furcal - that teams aren't facing a situation where it's Rollins or no one. As Rollins just turned 33, and has been with the Phillies for his entire career, this seems like it's headed towards Rollins re-signing for three years, maybe with a fourth-year option.


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