The Case To Keep Rollins

David Murphy, writer for the Daily News, has on occasion, talked down to fans. To be fair, I’ve seen this with other sportswriters, too. I think it may be that they are insecure and feel the need to prove that they can do their job better than the average fan. In a recent column, he makes the case that the Phillies should keep Rollins because he is too good to trade. I must admit, I did advocate for trading Rollins mainly because of his contract and my perception of his efforts and desire to win. I must also admit that Murphy makes a good case. I guess I just didn’t realize how bad shortstops are in the league. He also makes a case that Rollins’ contract isn’t as bad as we may think with the following graph:

Player Total $ Years AAV PA BA OBP SLG OPS HR RBI RS
Derek Jeter 51 3 17.0 407 .306 .351 .407 .758 7 26 50
Jose Reyes 106 6 17.7 401 .264 .335 .374 .709 3 22 43
Jimmy Rollins 38 4 9.5 396 .262 .317 .421 .739 9 34 52
J.J. Hardy 22.5 3 7.5 393 .216 .255 .373 .628 13 34 42
Rafael Furcal 14.0 2 7.0 393 .275 .338 .360 .697 5 37 56
Alexei Ramirez 32.5 4 8.1 355 .263 .284 .337 .621 2 44 32
Erick Aybar 40.1 5 8.0 335 .267 .305 .383 .688 2 44 31

I guess he has a point here. But he still comes off as condescending. Although Frank Fitzpatrick has been much worse with that.

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