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.
Major League Baseball just announced that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to the ankle injury sustained by Gio Gonzalez: right-handed pitcher Zach Davies will take his place. In accordance with league rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return if the Brewers make it to the World Series.
That rule is designed to prevent roster gamesmanship such as having a pitcher fake an injury after he’s done being used in an effort to give a team a fresh arm in a short series. A second layer on that is an independent consult with the league, which may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In this case, Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed Gonzalez’s injury after communicating with the Brewers’ evaluating physician. Not that anyone can really suggest that Gonzalez was faking. The dude’s ankle went sideways.
That being said, this is a benefit to the Brewers at least for the short term. Davies did not have a fantastic season, going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts and failing to make the Brewers’ initial postseason roster, but he is fresh — he hasn’t pitched since September 28 — which could prove very useful for Craig Counsell and the Brewers after last night’s 13-inning game.