Jimmy Rollins (SS)
Jimmy Rollins went 2-3 and scored a run. Both of his hits were for extra bases. He tripled to right field and eventually scored then doubled his next time up. Jimmy is his hitting .400 thus far in spring training.
Fantasy Impact: Rollins is slated to hit leadoff for the Dodgers this season. He may be 36 but he certainly still has the motivation to succeed. Don't let his age fool you, he can still hit and run. Expect a slight decrease in HRs but an increase in runs scored. His current NFBC ADP is 168 which would make him the 9th selected SS.
Category: Game Recaps
Tue, Mar 3rd 1:17pm EST
By Eric Westlund
Manager Don Mattingly announced that Jimmy Rollins will bat lead-off when the Dodgers face the White Sox on Wednesday. Mattingly also suggested that Rollins would fill that role all season long: "That’s the one guy that I think that we are pretty sure about. Jimmy’s really kind of that lead-off guy. We don’t truly have anyone else that really fits in that role. Jimmy, he’s hit a lot of one, he’s hit a lot of two, I’ve seen him hit three, but I think on our club, we look at Jimmy as that guy at the top." (Source: LA Times)
Fantasy Impact: There were rumblings earlier in spring training that Mattingly was not fully committed to Rollins as the lead-off hitter, which makes sense given his advancing age and his poor projected OBP (.305 per ZiPS and Steamer). However, the current lack of alternatives appears to have him entrenched in that role. Rollins's counting numbers were up in 2014 compared to 2013 despite playing in just 138 games, and he makes for a relatively safe, low-cost fantasy investment once the top shortstops are off the board. Even entering his age-36 season, there is still some 20/20 potential here.
The Dodgers officially acquired SS Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies. The trade was held up because of a delay in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres. The Phillies were set to receive Zach Eflin from the Dodgers but he was part of the package in the Kemp trade. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The fantasy shortstop landscape is not too appealing this upcoming season. Rollins could be a viable option. He is no Hanley Ramirez but he can contribute in multiple categories. While Dodgers exec Andrew Friedman has tailored the Dodgers to be more defensive/pitching oriented, the lineup is still potent with Kendrick, Gonzalez, Puig, Grandal, and Pederson.
It has been reported multiple times that the Dodgers have acquired Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies to fill the hole from Hanley Ramirez. But, the deal can't be finalized until the Matt Kemp deal goes through because the Dodgers are sending Zach Eflin who they are acquiring from the Padres to the Phillies. The main consensus is that these trades will become finalized since it would create a huge media disaster if they fell through. (Source: Rotoworld )
Fantasy Impact: The main concern about Hanley Ramirez this last season was his defense and his hitting consistency. So if the trade goes through, Jimmy Rollins would greatly improve the Dodger's lineup with his consistency since he is the Phillies' all time franchise leading hitter. Even if Rollins is not the same hitter he used to be, his defense will go a long way in improving the Dodgers infield.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran shortstop, Jimmy Rollins, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies. Although the deal has not been officially consummated, it is believed that the Phillies will receive prospects in return. Rollins batted .243/.323/.394 last season with 17 HRs and 55 RBIs. (Source: USA TODAY)
Fantasy Impact: It's been 7 years since the 36 year old Rollins was named the NL MVP when he hit .296/.344/.531 with 30 HRs, 94 RBIs, and 41 SBs. Those days are long gone. Rollins is owed $11 million this year and is in the final year of his contract. He will be the stopgap until prospect Corey Seager is ready. With the shortstop position being very shallow, Rollins will be a relevant fantasy commodity. Expect a low average, decent OBP, double digit homeruns and stolen bases. The RBIs and runs scored will be dependent upon where Mattingly decides to bat him in the lineup.
The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly come to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a trade that would send the former NL MVP to LA. In exchange, the Phillies will receive two minor league pitchers for Rollins and at this point the teams are simply finishing off some minor details that shouldn't hold up the deal from going through. (Source: Jim Salisbury)
Fantasy Impact: The Phillies ranked 23rd in runs scored last year so a move to a far more potent Dodger lineup which finished 6th should help to boost Rollins counting stats. Also, while Rollins no longer has the elite skill set he once had, his glove is still above average and there shouldn't be any fear among fantasy owners of missed plate appearances. If Rollins was ever going to have a chance at a renaissance year, this is going to give him the best chance.