J-Roll Rides The D-Train Right Back to Philly
The wait is finally over and Jimmy Rollins has finally re-signed with the Phillies. The 3-year, $33 million deal is said to have a 4th year option which should be fairly attainable. Both Rollins and the Phillies seem pleased with the outcome. Rollins had wanted 5 years, but that was likely just a matter of him bidding high to ensure at least a 3-year deal.
Rollins shared the joy on his twitter account today:
The signing come right on the heels of the D-Train, Dontrelle Willis, agreeing to a 1-year deal with the Phils. Rollins and Willis are old friends who attended the same high school and whose mom’s are also friends.
A former starter and former Rookie of the Year in 2003, Willis’ career has run way off the tracks in recent years. But he may be useful as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen for very little cash. Philly seems like a good place for a comeback, but how that unfolds is yet to be seen.
I would have loved to have been a fly on that wall when J-Roll learned that Willis got a contract before he did. It may have gone something like, “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?” Only here, Willis is Gary Coleman and J-Roll is Todd Bridges. Think of it as a 70’s reverse time warp.
Either way, both players are probably thrilled to finally be on the same side.
Earlier this off-season, I made some predictions on how the free-agent period would play out for the Phillies. Let’s see how I did:
I said that both J-Roll and Brian Schneider would re-sign. Check.
Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge would not have their options picked up and neither would resign. Check.
And I predicted that Ryan Madson, Raul Ibanez and Ross Gload would also not re-sign. Check.
That makes me 7 for 7. Check. Did you expect any less? ;o)
Technically, anything can happen between now and spring training, but I am fairly certain the Phillies are done making moves. How about you? Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments :O)
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