Are Braves in on Jimmy Rollins?
Jayson Stark seems to think so. I’d be for it, assuming his contract didn’t exceed three years.
Rollins, 33 later this month, rebounded nicely last season after a shitty 2010, batting .268 with a .338 OBP, 16 homers, 63 RBI and 30 steals. He’s remained fairly healthy, missing significant time just once, in 2010. With scouts divided on Tyler Pastornicky’s potential and Andrelton Simmons at least two years away, signing Rollins through 2014 wouldn’t be unreasonable. His defense has slipped a little but remains above-average. Who knows — perhaps he’d be amenable to playing 3B when Chipper retires?
More from the ESPN scribe regarding Los Bravos:
Teams that have spoken with the Braves report they’re continuing to “float” Jair Jurrjens‘ name, even after their potential deal to send him to Kansas City fell through. “They’re not really pushing him. They’re floating him,” said an executive of one team that spoke with them. “The impression we got is they’ve got to unload money. They want to get a bat, and the only way to do it is to unload money. The one guy they’d move, no problem, is Martin Prado. He seems like he’s fallen from grace over there.