Jimmy Rollins thinks the Phillies should spend money and compete in 2015

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Jimmy Rollins wasn’t fantastic this season, but he did have a bounceback year of sorts while playing some solid defense. He enters 2015 in the last year of his contract and Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News spoke with him about his and the Phillies’ future. With respect to the team, Rollins thinks they can and should compete:

The man who helped propel the Phillies into a winner – first with his “team to beat” declaration, then with an MVP season to back it up – thinks the front office will continue to do what’s necessary to turn their fortunes around.

“We have enough money to,” Rollins said. “So you can’t say we don’t have the money to make improvements in the places that need to be improved, or where they can make them, whichever is the priority. We’re in a big market. A big-market payroll. So you have to go out there and make it happen.”

I wouldn’t read that as Rollins misreading the Phillies’ competitive chances. I would read it as a challenge of sorts to the front office to fix what’s broken and do what it can to reload with him, Cole Hamels and the rest of the old crew intact. I’m not sure if that’s a good idea, but there aren’t a ton of good options for Philly right now and, clearly, something has to change.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”