Rollins Vests $11 Million Option Tonight

Jimmy RollinsJimmy Rollins said he had not paid much attention to the $11 million countdown, but then he is a baseball player who already has made more than $80 million in his career.

He also received a friendly reminder.

“Today is the big day,” a longtime friend texted Rollins today.

Rollins essentially will have next season’s $11 million club option automatically vest tonight following his second plate appearance against the Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins needed 1,100 plate appearances in 2013-14 or 600 plate appearances this season for the option to vest. He hits the 1,100th mark with 666 plate appearances last season and 434 this season.

“It’s just like the hits record,” Rollins said. “If you’re out there it’s just going to happen. When? Who knows? But it’s going to happen. It’s nothing I was focused on.”

Of course, Rollins must finish the season healthy. If he finishes the season on the disabled list and a mutually agreed upon doctor says he will not be ready by Opening Day 2015, the option does not vest. But in that case, Rollins still could pick up a $5 million player option or the Phillies could pick up an $8 million club option.

But assuming Rollins remains healthy, the option turns his contract from a three-year, $33 million deal into a four-year, $44 million deal. Rollins always considered the contract a four-year deal from the beginning. He had 625 or more plate appearances in 12 of the previous 13 seasons, so hitting the 1,100 mark was not a problem.

“I’ve been here so long,” Rollins said about the team’s mindset in the plate appearances clause. “Just go out there be healthy and play. If you play we know you’re going to be able to help us win. We’ll make it attainable. We won’t make your stretch yourself out and do things to put your career in jeopardy. Just be healthy.”

3 Comments

It’s amazing how much better he’s played this year than last year! I don’t know whether to be happy about this year, or p.o.’d about last year! LOL!

Re-signing Rollins is about the only smart thing Ruin has done during his tenure as Phillies GM. The value of the first Lee trade notwithstanding considering how Ruin eventually mucked it up.

Are you kidding me? The Rollins signing was a joke, is a joke, and will be a bigger JOKE. His best signing was Marlon Byrd however he is not getting any help from the other two ridiculous signings — Rollins and Howard.

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