Found December 18, 2011 on Phuture Phillies:
Welcome to the 4th installment of the “What to expect in 2012″ series. We’ve previously covered Trevor May, Jon Pettibone and Sebastian Valle. Today we’ll cover one of the more controversial prospects in the system, RHP Julio Rodriguez. J-Rod was an under the radar 8th round selection in 2008 out of Puerto Rico and since signing, he’s posted big strikeout numbers, low ERAs, and very divergent scouting reports. Some reports had his velocity in the 90-93 range, average for a RHP. Other reports had him at 86-89, far below average for a RHP. I wrote this about J-Rod way back in 2008 after he was drafted: He’s got a great pitcher’s frame, and his motion has lots of arms and knees, which could probably create some deception. His fastball has decent life, and the Phillies are probably banking on him adding velo as he fills out his frame. The only thing I really noticed, from the side, is that it seems that he hangs over the rubber for a split second, which might be holding back some of his...

Amaro’s Patience Saved Phils Money on Rollins

Ruben Amaro is prone to pouncing quickly on players he wants. He inked Jonathan Papelbon for more than $50 million a week before any other free agent closer signed. He locked up Ryan Howard in early 2010 when the writing was on the wall that Howard was set to be the third-best free agent first baseman in the winter of 2011. In Dec. 2008 Amaro gave a 36-year-old Raul Ibanez...

Ryan Howard’s 2011: The Modern-Day Achilles

This concludes our 2011 Player Review series. Previous posts can be found here. It’s tough to look at Ryan Howard objectively. The highs have been great (he’s one of only five players in major league history to win Rookie of the Year and the MVP in his first two seasons), and the lows have been dreadful. There’s a great tradition in Philadelphia sports of being able to separate...

Jimmy Rollins Stays with Philadelphia Phillies for Three Years, $33 Million

Jimmy Rollins isn't going anywhere Philadelphia Phillies fans, so you can pipe down now. The animated shortstop has agreed to stick around for another three seasons to the tune of $33 million in a deal that includes a vesting option for a fourth year. Of course, the contract completion depends on a physical, which I'm sure Rollins will pass with flying colors. The...

Rollins Returns to Philadelphia

In perhaps the least shocking move of the offseason, the Phillies re-signed Jimmy Rollins over the weekend. While the possibility always existed that he would sign elsewhere, the availability of several shortstop stopgaps drastically reduced his number of suitors. The remaining teams with shortstop vacancies lacked either the payroll flexibility to pay him eight figures per year...

Sources: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies agree on 3-year deal

PHILADELPHIA - Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press that Jimmy Rollins has agreed...

AP sources: Phillies, Jimmy Rollins agree to 3-year deal

PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins is bringing his swagger back to the Phillies. Three people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that Rollins has agreed to a 3-year, $33 million contract with Philadelphia. The deal includes a vesting option for a fourth year. The people spoke on condition of ...

Phillies agree to three-year deal with Jimmy Rollins

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Phillies ink Rollins to 3-year contract

The Philadelphia Phillies made it official on Monday and signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a three-year, $33 million contract.

Phils keep Rollins; Latos to Reds

Jimmy Rollins has agreed to a 3-year, $33 million contract to remain with Philadelphia, pending a physical The deal includes a vesting option for a fourth year.

Rollins Gets 3-Year, $33 Million Deal

Jimmy Rollins has struck a three-year, $33 million deal to remain in Philadelphia, according to reports. The 12-year Phillies shortstop will also have a vesting option for a fourth year, reported. Rollins has played for the Phillies since being drafted in 1996.  

Phillies, shortstop Rollins finalize three-year, $33 million deal

When Jimmy Rollins had the chance to go somewhere else, he just couldn't walk away from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Answering the Question

Yes. The difference between the Yankees and Phillies of recent years is that the Yankees keep mixing in younger players to complement their older stars. They also had Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner emerge as fine players from this strategy. The Phillies also brought along their young players at an older age, think Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. That’s great if the team...
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