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Pros: A win for the Phillies, who avoided the five-year demand and temptation to overspend in the wake of Jose Reyes' deal. The reported $11 million per season shouldn't hamstring the club. Good shortstops don't fall from trees and Jimmy Rollins is still among the upper echelon in the league. He doesn't have the same burst, but he's still a viable speed and power threat. Reliable glove anchors a worry-free defense. Rises to the occasion with big ABs and clutch defense. When he's right he makes the offense move. Not an ideal lead-off hitter, but a good fit for this iteration of the lineup since it gives Charlie Manuel the option to shift Shane Victorino lower or toggle between a couple of other options. The Phils can now take their time with Freddy Galvis or wait for another prospect to emerge. Wilson Valdez stays on the bench. The vesting option gives Rollins a carrot. The franchise brings back a fan favorite and extends the tenure of the franchise's best shortstop.
Cons: He wanted five guaranteed years and got three. Is it enough to keep him at the razor's edge? Moderate-to-heavy injury risk at age 33 with his wheels still one of his most marketable assets. Last three seasons best described as 'blah.' Yet another spot where the Phils have failed to inject youth. Relatively large commitment for a marginal run producer on a fading offense. Option year is reportedly easily attainable, essentially making this a four-year commitment (through 2016). The Phils have experienced short-term life without J-Roll through injury and it wasn't a total drag.