Phillies met late into night with agent for Jimmy Rollins

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Following a report yesterday that a recent meeting between the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano “did not go all that well,” Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the two sides met “late into the night” on Monday.

No word on if any progress was made, but the 33-year-old Rollins is reportedly insisting on a five-year contract, which has led the Phillies to begin flirting with the idea of shopping Placido Polanco and making a play for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. However, many believe that it could simply be a negotiating tactic on the part of the Phils.

Rosenthal hears that no meeting is on the docket today, which is understandable given that Lozano is pretty busy with Albert Pujols right now. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he met with Rollins’ agent at the start of the Winter Meetings, but that no offer was made.

John Gibbons will close out the year as Blue Jays skipper

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is slated to remain with the club through the end of the 2018 season, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters on Friday. The news follows a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, who cast some doubt on the veteran skipper’s future with the team several weeks ago when he said the Jays “seem destined to move on from John Gibbons.”

While it appears Gibbons’ job is safe for the next six weeks, that’s not saying much — especially as the club currently sits 30.5 games back of the division lead and will prepare to continue restructuring a sub-.500 roster come fall. As recently as last week, he hinted that he wasn’t feeling particularly eager to oversee a full rebuild. Per Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun:

Truthfully, a full breakdown, you know I have to admit I don’t know if I’m interested in that,” Gibbons said prior to Friday’s 7-0 blowout loss to the Tampa Rays. “But we’ll see. I’m still here. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Over 11 cumulative seasons from 2004-2008 and 2013-2018, the 56-year-old manager has guided the team to a winning record just five times, most recently when they earned back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016. He still has another year remaining on his contract, which was recently lengthened to include the 2018 and 2019 seasons and includes an option for 2020 as well.

Atkins also revealed that the club is prepared to reevaluate Gibbons’ role during the offseason, though it’s not yet clear whether they intend to keep him on for the next two years as originally planned, reassign him to another role within the organization, or terminate his agreement with the team altogether.