Jimmy Rollins talked to Jon Heyman about what the future holds for him in free agency and, if he has his way, it holds a five-year contract:
“Five would be great. Five would be the number,” said Rollins. “I don’t think I want six or seven. You start thinking about 39 (years old). Do I want to play at 39?”
He’s couching that as a shorter, reasonable deal, but that may be on the long end of what he can expect, don’t you think? Other than Derek Jeter, when was the last time someone made a commitment to a shortstop for his age 37 and 38 seasons like Rollins wants?
Not saying he won’t get it. Philly might do it because they’re pretty much made to stay together forever, but if for some reason Rollins and the Phillies can’t work something out, I’m skeptical that he’ll get a five-year offer from another team.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.