Jimmy Rollins, a lifelong Phillie, has seen his production tail off since his 30-30 MVP season in 2007, but he rebounded to bat .268/.338/.399 last season with 16 homers and 30 stolen bases. "Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!" Rollins wrote on Twitter. He also thanked former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, who tweeted congratulations to Rollins and the Phillies.
When the season ended abruptly for the Philadelphia Phillies, fans of the team feared that shortstop Jimmy Rollins could have played his last game with the team. But it's hard to argue with the results, and maybe Amaro's success in dealing with Rollins will lead him to re-evaluate his strategy for approaching contract negotiations.
Rollins told MLB.com that he did have a four-year offer on the table from the Milwaukee Brewers at one point during the offseason. Rollins is a three-time All-Star shortstop and the 2007 National League most valuable player. He has spent his career with the Phillies after being selected in the second round of the 1996 draft, and he was a free agent for the first time.