It a bit of a shocker, Jimmy Rollins said he would have played for the Mets. In fact, they were his number two choice behind his eventual landing place, the Dodgers.
“This (Los Angeles) was my No. 1 landing spot,” Rollins said, according to ESPN.com. “And I considered the Mets to be No. 2. They have some arms over there — oh my gosh.
“I’m not saying I would have gone there. It would have taken a lot. But when I was asked, ‘Write down the places you would go if you don’t have any (no-trade protection),’ I had one team on my list and another where I would go if it didn’t work out. Fortunately it worked out here (in Los Angeles). I’m very delighted with that.”
There was talk the Mets asked the Phillies about trading for Rollins to fill their gaping shortstop hole, but was told Rollins would not waive his 10-and-five rights to come to New York. But that talk was apparently wrong.
jimmy Rollins is 36 and is obviously on the downside of his career. Aside from that, he never would have fit in New York. He is one of the most hated Mets opponents in recent years, and unless he was able to play like he did when he was the NL MVP, Mets fans never would have accepted him. It would have been the worst fit since Juan Samuel. Or Richie Hebner. Former Phillies just don’t fare well here.