An expected move by the Phillies yesterday served as a reminder that the team will soon face decisions on many important players.
When the team made the announcement that it would exercise shortstop Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million option for 2011, it locked in seven of eight position players through that season. (Jayson Werth will be a free agent after next year, unless he agrees to a contract extension, which is unlikely.) But as of now Rollins, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge all can be free agents after 2011.
Despite a horrific first half, Rollins, 31, recovered to hit .250 with 22 home runs, 77 runs batted in and 31 stolen bases last season. His fielding is widely considered by advanced metrics to be among the best in baseball. He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2007.