Rollins Deal: Not Done Yet

Nearly everybody at the Winter Meetings expects the Phillies to resign Jimmy Rollins.

It could happen soon, but a deal wasn’t expected Wednesday night.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and Dan Lozano, who is Rollins’ agent, did not meet today. Sources from both parties refuted a report in the evening they had agreed on a new contract. That is true for the moment, but one source said they are close. Lozano cancelled yesterday’s meeting with the Brewers, who were believed to be Rollins’ other top suitor, which is a strong indication the Phillies are moving closer to a resolution.

It is unclear if Amaro and Lozano plan to meet before the Winter Meetings conclude with tomorrow morning’s Rule 5 Draft. If not, a deal could happen within the week.

Rollins has said publicly he wants a five-year contract, but that seems unlikely without a group of teams pursuing him. The Phillies have been looking for a three-year deal and might get it, although they could add a fourth year or a fourth-year option. The average annual value of the deal could be $13 million per season.

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