Originally written December 28, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Relaford was a top prospect with the Mariners. He was replaced by an even higher regarded prospect in Rollins. We continue our series of exploring the careers of the guys who were replaced by our favorites by taking a look at Desi Relaford, who was replaced by Jimmy Rollins. The Hero Sitting fourth all-time in franchise history in hits (only 210 behind first place Mike Schmidt), third in runs, second in doubles (just 21 behind Ed Delahanty), fourth in triples, third in steals, and 11th in HRs, Rollins is perhaps the most underrated player in Phillies history. He has compiled offensive stats at a rate that is good enough to quietly sneak him in the conversation of Best Shortstop of His Era, but not win: from 2000 to 2012, Rollins has accumulated more fWAR than any player to play shortstop not named Derek Jeter. While his offense has been very good, .270/.328/.432, his defense and his base-running truly put him in the elite class of all-times Phillies players. His 403 steals from...
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