Jimmy Rollins is back with the Phillies after taking a paternity leave and will be in the lineup tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Rollins ended up missing three games for the birth of his daughter, with Freddy Galvis shifting from second base to shortstop and Mike Fontenot drawing all three starts at second base.
Rollins, who re-signed with the Phillies for three years and $33 million this winter, has hit just .229 with one homer and a career-worst .578 OPS in 42 games at age 33. He’s making $11 million, with the same salary due in 2013 and 2014.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”