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Jimmy Rollins vs. Wilson Valdez

A two-year comparison of Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez.

Jimmy Rollins vs. Wilson Valdez

Jimmy Rollins would sign a deal before hitting the open market if the Phillies offer him one he likes. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Jimmy Rollins would sign a deal before hitting the open market if the Phillies offer him one he likes. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

It sure looks as though Jimmy Rollins will be swinging at the first pitch for another major league baseball club next season. And, if those in the know are right, the Phillies think Freddy Galvis is going to need a full Triple-A season under his belt before he sees the bright lights at the big show.

So, while those covering the Hot Stove leagues bandie about names like Jose Reyes and Rafael Furcal, we thought we'd take a look at how Rollins' 2010-11 numbers compare to the Phillie who mostly filled in for him at short when Rollins missed games those two seasons.

And while the numbers for Wilson Valdez don't quite stack up to those of Rollins over that time, they are probably a lot closer than most people think. Remember, it's not the 2007 MVP Jimmy Rollins we're talking about any more. The numbers are below.

Noteworthy: The Phils had a better record over the last two seasons when Valdez started at shortstop than when Rollins did. Even if you throw out the seven games Rollins started during the eight-game "hangover" this season, his win percentage (.622) is lower ... Rollins has slight edges in the three averages, but none by a whole lot ... Rollins scored more often, about 12 more runs per 700 PA, a direct result of Valdez having a lower on-base percentage ... Although Valdez has had some fielding problems at short (four errors in 91 chances this season), their percentages are fairly close over the two stations and Valdez actually had more chances per nine innings than Jimmy.

Two-Season Totals           Rollins        Valdez
Current Age 32 33
Record
(as SS Starter)
150-98
.604
45-25
.643
   BATTING (All Games)
Batting Avg. .258 .254
On-Base Pct. .331 .300
Slugging Pct. .389 .351
Runs/700 PA 92 80
   FIELDING (SS only)
Fielding Pct. .986 .981
Chances/9 IP 4.2 4.5
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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