Season Preview: Shortstop

Jimmy Rollins is the Phillies shortstop.  Those six words have been true for twelve years now, but for almost three months after the season ended, Rollins’ contract status was in limbo, many people unsure of whether the 2007 NL MVP would be back for a 2012 campaign.  While it was hard to imagine Rollins in another uniform, it was also hard to justify spending elite-level money for a 33-year-old with a quickly declining bat.  However, eventually the Phillies gave in to the desires of the Phillies de facto captain, giving him three years and $11 million per year, with a fourth year that is heavy with bonuses, making him earn his money. Continue reading

Marlins Acquire Carlos Zambrano

The Miami Marlins continued their scorching assault on the hot stove this offseason, agreeing to send pitcher Chris Volstad to the Chicago Cubs for their ace of the past decade or so, Carlos Zambrano.

The most shocking part of the deal, besides the deal itself, is that the Cubs were willing to eat up $15 million of Zambrano’s $18 million salary for next season. Continue reading

The Phillies’ Holiday Wish List

With Christmas coming tomorrow, and Hanukkah already well underway, most people are

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asking for something this holiday season.  While the Phillies’ presents come from April to October next year, it’s never too early to join the club and start making a list.  So without further ado (except clicking “continue reading”), here is the Phillies’ holiday wish list. Continue reading

Phillies agree to re-sign Rollins for three to four years

Coming into the off-season, the Phillies had a few priorities.  At the top of their list were a closer, some support for their bench, and last, but certainly not least, figure who would be starting at shortstop when the season started.  One by one, Ruben Amaro Jr. played Santa Claus (or Hannukah Harry based on what you believe) for the team, filling all of the team’s needs except for re-signing Jimmy Rollins or signing a free agent to fill his place.  But now, 63 just days before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the Phillies have earned their biggest gift of the holiday season, re-signing former MVP, and clubhouse leader Jimmy Rollins to a three-year $33 million deal with a vesting option for a fourth year. Continue reading

With Paplebon signed, and Reyes likely off the market, Phillies must focus on Rollins

It’s been nearly two months since the Phillies were eliminated from the playoffs.  Throughout their series with the Cardinals their flaws, were made painfully obvious, nearly guaranteeing a big move by Ruben Amaro Jr.   Now, almost a month after free agency began, the Phillies have filled most of their gaps, getting a closer in Jonathon Paplebon, a part-time first baseman and bench player in Jim Thome, and a utility infielder in Ty Wigginton.  However, one issue the Phillies haven’t addressed is who will be playing shortstop when the season begins. Continue reading