Will Rollins stick with Phillies?
June, 5, 2014
By AJ Mass | ESPN Insider
After going 0-for-5 on Wednesday night, Jimmy Rollins remains eight hits shy of tying Mike Schmidt as the Philadelphia Phillies player with the most career base hits for the team. It's all but inevitable that the shortstop will eventually wear that crown, but will he still be with the team by the time 2014 is over?
As Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes, the Phillies are a team "in free fall" and a sell off could be on the horizon. However, the question is exactly how much the team might be able to get in return for the aging veteran. "Rollins is 35 years old and having a good season, but he's about 200 plate appearances from having an $11 million vesting option kick in for 2015, which greatly diminishes whatever trade value he has," Olney points out.
Another big hurdle to the Phillies unloading Rollins is the fact he'd have to approve any trade for it to take place. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick explains, "He has consistently said he has no interest in waiving his 10-and-5 service-time rights and consenting to a trade, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro might have an incentive to explore the market again now that Philadelphia is 24-31 and last in the NL East."
The Detroit Tigers certainly might be interested in Rollins, given the loss of Jose Iglesias, and given their legitimate shot at a deep post-season run, Rollins might be willing to leave Philadelphia behind in order to pursue another championship for himself.