From Beerleaguer's mailbag comes an educated take from a reader who handles talent contracts in the entertainment industry, a relevant field in the case of sports and Jimmy Rollins in particular.
"As someone who handles artist agreements and employee contracts for famous people – I can tell you that the longer this process takes with J-Roll the worse it is for all parties involved – especially his agent (Dan Lozano), who will be seen as having lost control of the process. I can’t imagine Jimmy is too happy with the fact that he had to play second fiddle to the Albert Pujols insanity). Players seem to believe that their agents have magic wands they can wave whenever. Not so here.
"If the Phillies sign him, it’ll be to an agreement that he didn’t want to sign - he’ll be like the divorced dad who’s happy to be gone but who lost the coveted cabin. Compromise can go one of two ways - happy with the correct allocation or unhappy that you had to divide. This will be the latter."