Jimmy Rollins no. 2 choice was the Mets, thinks their future is bright

M BaronIn a recent report for ESPN, Dodgers’ SS Jimmy Rollins told Jerry Crasnick while his first choice was to be traded to Los Angeles this past off-season, he considered the Mets his number two choice.

“This was my No. 1 landing spot, and I considered the Mets to be No.2,” Rollins told Crasnick. “They have some arms over there — oh my gosh.”

Rollins then re-iterated he was happy to land with the Dodgers, although he believes the Mets are on the right track.

14139453337_c765b1e485_k“In New York, if you’re not the best, you’re the worst,” Rollins said. “But in my opinion, from playing against them, that team wasn’t that bad. And when you look to the future there, it looks pretty bright.”

Rollins, 36, had his $11 million option for 2015 automatically vest with 600 plate appearances for the Phillies in 2014. He hit .243 with a .717 OPS in 2014 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI.

These remarks come as somewhat as a surprise, considering the Mets were reportedly told during the winter Rollins would not waive his 10-5 rights to join them. In the end, there’s no way to know which side is true, and it really doesn’t matter since he’s was traded to the Dodgers anyway. But, I could understand why the Phillies would want to avoid dealing their longest tenured player to the Mets, a divisional rival.

However, given the history between Rollins and the Mets, the club’s reported interest in him, and now the player’s statements on the matter, it’s certainly worth watching what happens with Rollins as he heads into his walk year.

On the other hand, if the Mets flirt with the idea of acquiring Rollins next winter, that probably won’t be a good thing as it would mean neither Wilmer Flores or Matt Reynolds were able to establish themselves at the position. He is still one of the more productive shortstops in the league – he had the third most home runs and sixth highest OPS of any shortstop in baseball in 2014. However, he’d be entering his age-37 season in 2016, and that probably won’t help his production.

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