Jimmy Rollins' outstanding Phillies career will cost the club a lifetime grand total of almost exactly $100 million dollars. Not bad, readers say.
A total bargain: "This is exactly the contract that the Beerleaguer zeitgeist was saying would be a fair sign. Can't complain. If Rollins plays out all four years of this contract, including the vesting option, he'll have played 16 seasons for the Phillies, hold a ridiculous amount of franchise records (he's already in the top five for hits, games played, plate appearances, runs, total bases, doubles, triples and stolen bases), won at least one MVP, and played for at least one championship squad. All for a grand career total of almost exactly 100 million dollars." - Lincoln Hawkes
Still a value: "The fourth year at $11 million isn't going to seem quite as absurd by that time as salaries will rise across the board. It's a no-worry spot on the infield, a bat that we can live with at worst and can be a spark at best. Plus, there's the personality fit that we couldn't guarantee with any other options, not to mention that those other options were not on Jimmy's level even at this point in his career." - 85
Jeter comp: "Derek Jeter is a good analogy in that he was worth far more to the Yankees than anyone else, and got far less than what he asked for. He got 3/51, but reportedly had asked 5/100. The Yankees told him that if he was looking for that kind of contract that he ought to go test the market." - awh
Beerleaguer: Reader support for this deal was nearly unanimous, which is surprising since a sizable constituency said in October it was time to let Rollins walk. Summarized from an Oct. 8 email: "The Phillies will not win anything with Rollins as the regular shortstop, not any more. The Phillies played like a team that had simply run out of gas, both season-wise and in some cases career-wise. In my view, Ruben Amaro has reached the fork in the road and has turned into Ed Wade by telling himself the club is just one big free agent away from repeating and the existing nucleus is just fine."