Jimmy Rollins made a name for himself with his play on the field helping the Phillies overcome the Mets in the NL East in 2007 and ’08 and also trash talking the division rivals. Prior to the 2007 season, he declared the Phillies “the team to beat” in the division, and he was eventually proven right when the Phillies toppled the Mets in historic fashion in the final three weeks of the season. As a result, Rollins became a villain in the eyes of the Mets and their fans.
So it came as a bit of a surprise to hear what he said Saturday about the Mets. Via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:
“This was my No. 1 landing spot,” Rollins said from Los Angeles’ spring training camp, “and I considered the Mets to be No. 2. They have some arms over there — oh my gosh.”
Rollins said about playing the Mets last season, “that team wasn’t that bad”. He added, “when you look to the future there, it looks pretty bright.”
Rollins saying the Mets were his “No.2 ” is interesting as the Mets had interest in trading for Rollins but backed off after it was believed he wouldn’t waive his 10-and-5 rights for them.
The Dodgers acquired the 36-year-old Rollins in a trade with the Phillies in December, sending away pitchers Zach Eflin (acquired from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade) and Tom Windle. Rollins finished the 2014 season with a respectable .243/.323/.394 slash line along with 17 home runs, 55 RBI, and 28 stolen bases.