Rollins Is Turning It On
Jimmy Rollins had quite an afternoon yesterday at Wrigley Field.
He could be headed for quite a payday, too.
Rollins went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs yesterday. He homered from both sides of the plate for the second time in his career. His 1.169 OPS in 11 games since July 4 is fourth in baseball behind Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dan Uggla. He ranks ninth among big-league shortstops with a .753 OPS this season.
That’s the type of guy you might want on your team, huh?
Rollins’ impending free agency will be interesting to watch. The Phillies have no alternatives in their system to replace them. Looking at his overall OPS compared to other shortstops, there seem to be few alternatives in the big leagues. Charlie Manuel and Rollins were asked yesterday if his upcoming free agency is providing him a little extra motivation for a big season.
“Yeah, definitely,” Manuel said. “But at the same time I also think that he sees the type of team we have and the pitching and he feels very much a part of it and he wants to see us win.”
“If you want to look at it that way then it can be,” Rollins said. “But I don’t get motivated by this possibly being my last year, free agent year, contract year, whatever you want to call it. I play baseball the same way every single day. The numbers are going to be what they are. You are who you are. They know that.”
So how much to pay him? It’s hard to say, but I can’t imagine Rollins accepting anything less than a three-year contract. But one thing is clear: if Rollins keeps hitting like this, the price is going up.