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Jimmy Rollins on time with the Phillies: “We should have […] won at least three” championships

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Jimmy Rollins, never one to mince words, said in a radio interview with Philadelphia’s 94 WIP that the Phillies “should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three”. Andrew Kulp of The 700 Level transcribed the interview, providing the context:

“We should have been to the World Series four times and won at least three [of them], in my opinion,” Rollins told Ike Reese and Glen Macnow on 94WIP. “But other than that, yes. Besides not winning more championships, I couldn’t really ask for more over what’s happened thus far.”

Since winning it all in 2008, the Phillies’ trajectory has been on a continuous downward slope:

  • 2009: Lost World Series in six games to the Yankees
  • 2010: Lost NLCS in six games to the Giants
  • 2011: Lost NLDS in five games to the Cardinals
  • 2012: Finished 81-81 in third place in NL East
  • 2013: Finished 73-89 in fourth place in NL East
  • 2014: On pace for 74-88 record, last place in NL East

Rollins was asked about that in particular because now that he broke the Phillies’ all-time hits record, many are wondering if Rollins — who has been with the Phillies since he was drafted in the second round in the 1996 draft — would waive his 10-and-5 rights so the Phillies could trade him to another team and begin a rebuild. Rollins had said while he was chasing the hits record that he wasn’t considering it, but he has softened his stance since.

Rollins, 35, is having a productive season, slashing .252/.339/.394 with eight home runs, 29 RBI, and 13 stolen bases on the season.

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.