Could Jimmy Rollins have been a Met?

Posted: March 1, 2015 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inmanima
Over the winter several media reports suggested that the Mets checked in on SS Jimmy Rollins from the rival Phillies but were quickly rejected. It was simple, Rollins wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to join the Mets, Philly personnel told Sandy Alderson. Rollins had 10-and-5 rights because he has spent more than ten seasons in the big leagues and at least five in Philadelphia. 
Instead Rollins went to L.A. to replace Hanley Ramirez.
That may not be the full story however as Rollins said in a spring training press conference that other than the Dodgers, the Mets were his preferred destination in a trade.  “This was my No. 1 landing spot,” Rollins said of the Dodgers from the Los Angeles’ spring training camp in an article by ESPN, and I considered the Mets to be No. 2. They have some arms over there — oh my gosh.” Rollins also went on to say that the Mets have a very bright future.
Rollins, 36, is scheduled to make $11 million in 2015 in the final year of his contract. The Mets likely wouldn’t have been able to fit Rollins into their budget without trading infielder Daniel Murphy although that is just speculation on my part. The Mets expected to trade Murphy should they have found a shortstop.
This story doesn’t make a ton of sense as Rollins has infuriated Met fans throughout the years, most notably when discussing Johan Santana and the Mets at the Phillies World Series parade in October 2008. 
Rollins has regressed considerably offensively over the past couple seasons and while he would definitely be a defensive upgrade, the Mets were probably better off looking at other shortstops options. 
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – If you ask me all this new Rollins talk amounts to is that if the LA trade didn’t work out then Rollins would have ok’d a deal to the Mets as his second choice and if that would have meant the Mets had to trade Murphy prior to his walk year then I am glad that he is now in LA instead of with the NYM. Like you and lots of Mets fans ever since the 2008 post season Santana comments, I have not liked Rollins. The same goes for Utley ever since he purposely slid into Murphy a few years ago. The ump should have called the first base runner out on that DP attempt because he was clearly out of the baseline when he slid into Murphy. I hope to see the Mets play like the new Rays or Royals ASAP so that we can all put these old stories behind us for good. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike this is a great point. Enough tallk about what the Mets don’t have or can’t afford. A new season is upon us and this could be the best team in Queens since 2008. Should be a fun season. Also when you talk about old Phillies to hate don’t forget Shane Victorino haha

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