Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jimmy Rollins Makes a lot of Sense For 2015

"I'm out of here, take over bro!" - Derek Jeter

With the sky as the limit when it comes to possibilities for the 2015 New York Yankees many around the Yankees blogosphere are throwing around names as potential replacements for Derek Jeter. One name that has not been mentioned enough that should be is Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rollins is in the final year of his contract with the Phillies worth $11 million and announced that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause to head to a contender. The Phillies have all but announced that the team is ready and willing to start a rebuilding process and unloading Rollins may be the first step in that process.

The cons for Rollins obviously start with his age, 36 by the time the season starts, but you must consider the fact that his defense has not regressed to the point of being a liability. Rollins also is more than adequate with the bat given his position as he posted a 102 wRC+ last season and would come with just a one year deal associated with him.

The free agent market for next season at shortstop does not look all that enticing but a lot can happen in 12 months and the Yankees will not find a better stop gap than Rollins. You know more or less what you are going to get out of Rollins and I'd rather have the certainty than to have to hope and pray that Stephen Drew or Asdrubal Cabrera bounce back from down seasons.

It won't cost much in terms of dollars or prospects for the Yankees to acquire Rollins from the Phillies and it makes a ton of sense for both teams. Make it happen Cash.

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