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- I do not believe the Phillies are favored to win anything, or for that matter will win anything. I also think that a $189 million team has to try to win. I also think any team should go into Opening Day trying to win. I don't think that's negotiable, even if your roster stinks. Proving a point, at the expense of putting the team with the best chance (however low) to win on the field is stupid.
- I do not believe Jimmy Rollins is anywhere near the player he was from 2006-2009. I'm also not one to be sentimental (I wanted to trade Chase Utley last Summer). I also think there's a shot, less than 50/50, but a shot, that Jimmy can be more like 2012 than 2013. I also think that Jimmy's the only shortstop the Phillies have anywhere near the majors that is potentially a playoff-level starting shortstop, even if I think he'll fall short of that probably. While I want Freddy Galvis to make the team over say, Kevin Frandsen, he's a zero with the bat to me, and I'm not ready to make him the guy here.
- Stop being mad that Jimmy Rollins is exercising his rights. He's a 10 year veteran, five years with the same team, which in baseball labor terms means he has full veto rights over any trade. His wife is from the Philly area, he's played here his whole career, if he wants to stay here, whether it's for personal life or personal milestone reasons, you just have to shut up and accept it. Those are the rules of the sport. Do you gladly give up your rights in the work-place? If you do, well, I'm sorry that you do that to yourself.
- Jimmy Rollins is the best shortstop to ever play for the Phillies. Larry Bowa's far behind. He's earned some respect from the fans, coaches, teammates, and owners. You may not like that he doesn't run every ball out as hard as Chase Utley. I understand that. It doesn't bother me as much as it bothers you, but I'll respect your opinion there. You'll also have to respect then that some fans think he deserves a bit better.
- It's bush-league when teams try to mess with guys who have attainable options at the end of their deals. I totally get that people don't want Jimmy back in 2015. If he's hitting .240 in May, you can start sitting him for Galvis, and it'll be clear why. This looks petty. This won't make the Phillies look like a desired landing spot for future free agents.