Jimmy Rollins says one Phillies owner wants to be “Steinbrenner South”

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No, in a good way!

In an exclusive sit-down interview with CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, Jimmy Rollins notes that one of the members of he Phillies’ ownership group — a group that resembles the Giants’ multi-shareholder group more than the family-owned teams in the game — is champing at the bit to turn the Phillies into the New York Yankees if given the chance.

The minority owner: John S. Middleton, a cigar magnate, who has some big ideas:

Whether Middleton will actually be given the reins remains to be seen, but does one of the most visible faces in the franchise’s history think he should get the chance?

“I think he should. Yeah,” Rollins said.

Salisbury goes on to ask what Middleton is like, suggesting a George Steinbrenner of the South type of figure who is willing to go to whatever lengths possible to put a winner on the field.

“That’s his ambition, to be Steinbrenner South,” Rollins said.

Could be cool. Though, man, it would be odd if a headstrong and outspoken person took over the Phillies and made them a team a lot of people didn’t like and folks began to talk smack about them.

 

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.