The future of Jimmy Rollins, who was reportedly shopped around before finishing the season strong, could become this winter's top storyline.
Beerleaguer: Just one look at MLBTR posts tagged "Jimmy Rollins" reiterates the Phillies' serious intention of cutting ties with their franchise shortstop this summer. The Phils were reportedly the ones who initiated those talks. The A's reportedly looked into it, as did the Dodgers at one point, but at least one report confirmed the A's would have needed to absorb his entire contract, worth $11 million per season through 2014 with a vesting option for '15. The price in terms of prospects reportedly wasn't high, but the contract was a problem. It all worked out for the A's, who settled on Arizona's Stephen Drew, who played an important role in Oakland's pennant win.
Meanwhile, the Phils set the table for Rollins to be dealt. Here's what you need to know about the soon-to-be 34-year-old shortstop.
Standard 2012 stats: .250/.316/.427, 23 HR, 33 2B, 5 3B, 30 SB, 699 PAs, 156 games.
Advanced 2012 stats: 4.9 WAR was second only to Ian Desmond among all true* Major League shortstops. (*non-Ben Zobrist shortstops).
Contract: Owed $22 million with an $11 million '15 option and full no-trade rights.
Free agent shortstops (from MLBTR): Jason Bartlett (33); Yuniesky Betancourt (31); Brian Bixler (30); Ronny Cedeno (30); Stephen Drew (30) - $10MM mutual option with a $1.35MM buyout; Alberto Gonzalez (30); Alex Gonzalez (35) - $4MM vesting option; Cesar Izturis (33); Jhonny Peralta (31) - $6MM club option with a $500K buyout; Marco Scutaro (37).
Depth chart: Behind Rollins, it goes Freddy Galvis and Michael Martinez. Way down on the farm, Roman Quinn excites many people, but he's 19.