Impending free agent Jimmy Rollins, who has played his entire MLB career for the Philadelphia Phillies, wants at least a five-year contract in his new deal. (via the Philadelphia Inquirer)
"I'm looking to get five years," Rollins said. "If it's going to be shorter, there would have to be a fifth-year option or something like that. My option."
The Phillies cited a policy not to discuss negotiations publicly and declined to announce their stance on Rollins's free agency.
"I think you guys know our policy," said general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. "We're not going to have a discussion about our negotiations with Jimmy publicly. I think Jimmy knows exactly where we stand, whether we want him back or not. There's no question we want Jimmy back and be in our uniform and play shortstop for us for the next several years. Whether that happens kind of depends on if we get to the finish line on it. But Jimmy knows where we stand. Those things will be private."
The 32-year old Rollins batted .268 last season while hitting 16 home runs and driving in 63 runs. He was the 2007 NL MVP, but hasn't batted higher than .277 since.