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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.

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Phillies Rivals React to Lee Trade

lee 03.jpgHere is some reaction from NL East rivals regarding the trade that brought Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco to the Phillies:

Braves right-hander Derek Lowe: “I think everybody knew they were going to get one of the two, either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee. It definitely helped them. And they’ve got Pedro (Martinez) coming back soon. So it definitely made it harder on us.”

Braves catcher David Ross: “You hate to see the team that you’re chasing get better. But if you want to make the playoffs and reach the World Series, you’re going to have to beat the Roy Halladays, Cliff Lees and Josh Becketts. In one sense, I wish the Phillies hadn’t gotten better. But in another sense, I don’t think that he’s unbeatable.”

Marlins outfielder Jeremy Hermida: “They’ve got four lefties now. It looked like a good trade for them on paper.”

Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla: “It’s a good pickup for the Phillies. A Cy Young Award winner last year. … Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Happ, Moyer. They’ve got a good rotation.”

Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad: “Good for them, I guess. Obviously, you know what he did last year, so he can dominate. He dominated the American League, which is a good league, so it’s a bit tough for us. It adds a really good arm to their rotation. But, like I said, we’ll see what happens when you play them, I guess. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez: “I saw that. Good for them. That’s a good deal. I know that Francisco kid is pretty good, too. And I know that we liked, as an organization, we liked that Lou Marson guy – the catcher that Cleveland got. Good trade for both sides, I guess.”

Mets manager Jerry Manuel had little reaction because he said the Mets just need to focus on themselves.

That’s probably a good idea.

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Cardinals third baseman Mark DeRosa, who played with Lee this season in Cleveland, said he unexpectedly gave Lee the news he had been traded.

“I actually called him,” DeRosa said. “He hadn’t heard the news yet. I said, ‘It’s coming across the ticker that you got traded to the Phillies.’ And he was sitting in the clubhouse in Anaheim with Kerry Wood and said nothing had been told to him yet.

“Cliff’s a legitimate No. 1 starter. I hate the fact that he’s going to Philly, but at the same time I’m happy for him because he deserves to be pitching in some big games. He was a great teammate.”

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