Will the Phillies Replace Jimmy Rollins this Off-Season?
Let's forget practicality for a second.
Say Ken Rosenthal's report on FOXSports.com, that the Indians will reportedly look into every roster move conceivable, is more than an assumption that the Terry Francona regime will do what most new regimes do.
Say, despite armfuls of reports about his salary being prohibitive at this year's trade deadline, there'd be a taker for Jimmy Rollins before the 2013 season -- and that Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel would be OK with being givers.
How wouldn't this make sense?
First, there's the green. Rollins, 33, is due $11 million every year until his contract expires in 2015. Asdrubal Cabrera, 28, is due a combined $16.5 million over the next two seasons.
Then, there's the production. Compare their offensive numbers since 2007, when Cabrera entered the league.
Who's who? (Consider the home run numbers and games played in Rollins MVP season dead giveaways...)
Huge advantage for Rollins in the field; Cabrera finished 17th among MLB shortstops this year in fielding percentage while Rollins won a Gold Glove. But for how long? Rollins fielding measures were among the worst of his career, even if they were best among a sorry NL crop.
As for the "chemistry" thing, I think the Phillies would be live.
In theory, Cabrera could be a perfect substitute -- and preempt Rollins presumed decline.