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The Dodgers have some interest in Jimmy Rollins

Jul 16, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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We’ve heard the Dodgers connected to Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino in recent weeks, but it seems they are also considering another player on the Phillies’ roster.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Dodgers have “some interest” in shortstop Jimmy Rollins. It’s not clear whether the Phillies are seriously considering parting with their longest-tenured player, but Knobler notes that the club has been “disappointed by his play this year” and thought he “could have done more” to guide them while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley were sidelined.

It’s probably a far-fetched possibility, but Rollins would represent an upgrade for the Dodgers, who have combined to hit just .227/.284/.302 from of the shortstop position this season. Dee Gordon is responsible for most of that and is expected to be sidelined until mid-August following surgery earlier this month to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb.

In the first year of a three-year, $33 million contract, Rollins is hitting .261/.315/.414 with eight home runs, 33 RBI, 14 stolen bases and a .729 OPS in 87 games. His contract includes an $11 million vesting option for 2015. Even if the Phillies find a taker, Rollins has 10-and-5 rights and can control his own destiny. The 33-year-old is a California native.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    They can have him. Galvis played well enough to take over the spot at SS for much cheaper. And they’ll have someone that isn’t going to pout and throw a fit when he isn’t hitting first, when he shouldn’t be. Juan Pierre should be hitting first, Utley 2nd, Pence 3rd, Howard 4th, Ruiz 5th, polanco 6th galvis 7th, jason pridie 8th.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      What kind of line-up is that….Polanco? Galvis? Pridie? Galvis can’t hit. He was on PED’s and still couldn’t post an OPS over .620. Sure, he has an elite level glove, but it doesn’t mitigate the horribleness of him at the plate.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        So, people think that is a viable line-up?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Honestly, if Polanco and Pridie are in the opening day line-up next year…I don’t know what I’d do. It would be a freak out of epic proportions.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        Polanco won’t be on the TEAM next year, but Pridie might. He’s done nothing but rake when he’s been given the chance. Even balls that weren’t hits were smoked to the outfield. Small sample size, blah blah blah. I’m not tlaking next year though. I’m talking RIGHT NOW with the way the players on the team RIGHT NOW are playing.

        And Galvis was hitting much better right before he got hurt. He was batting better than Jimmy when he got hurt. Jimmy only turned it on in the 2nd week of June, and he still hasn’t been GREAT, merely adequate. Taking age, contract, and level of play, I’d take Galvis 9/10 times over Rollins. Is he ideal? Nope. But for the money, fielding, and the lack of being a whiny SOB, he gets my vote.

      • bleedgreen - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        Also, his PEDs were kind of explained away by someone saying that in Venezuela, the women use that drug to treat UTIs or something, and the trace amounts can appear in a male’s urine stream if there is intercourse. Which seems to be exactly what happened.

        I think he just decided it wasn’t worth the fight since he’s on the DL anyway, and it WAS in his urine. Just not from him injecting anything or swallowing anything.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM

        Fair enough….I’m still not sold on him being an everyday player though.

      • CJ - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        if more than 1 of those 3 are in the starting lineup opening day next year, this team is even more worse off than I thought.

      • deepstblu - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        You all do remember that this was supposed to be Galvis’s AAA year, right? I don’t know how high his offensive ceiling may be but at 22 I’m pretty sure he hasn’t reached it.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        If you want to read a piece on why the Phillies trading Rollins makes no sense, see David Murphy’s article on philly.com . Pretty much says it all.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Well Juan Pierre is another guy who’s been using Lazarus Pits, there’s no way he can duplicate the weird season he’s having next year.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    If the dodgers aren’t Christmas shopping or the media has erroneously reported this, and the phillies have actually shopped Rollins, then that’s the white flag of surrender, right there.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Furthermore, I don’t know why they would be “disappointed in his play this year”. I mean, he hasn’t been great or anything but he hasn’t been terrible either. He provides a MLB average bat while playing solid defense and a premium position. Go check out OPS’s for SS that signed last year including JJ Hardy….Rollins takes the cake.

      • CJ - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:46 PM

        I think Phils fans would be more accepting of Rollins’ production if he weren’t batting leadoff. He’s not a leadoff hitter.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      And christmas shopping is what this is. The article says the dodgers are interested. It doesn’t say the Phillies are shopping Rollins.

  4. klink6224 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I’ve been a big supporter of Rollins over the years and it will be weird (potentially) seeing him in another uniform but if they can swing a decent deal I’d support it. They got OLD quick and need to do something to get younger and bring the money being issued out down. I would not be opposed to dealing him and Victorino out, get some bullpen help, either MLB ready now or a handful of minor leaguers Utley is effectively done, Howard definitely on the downslope. Something drastic needs to happen.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Phils need to rebuild, Maybe Amaro should just blow up the Roster. After all I witnessed the futility of the late 80’s and 90’s (with the exception of 93), one half-season of Nightmare Baseball barely scratches the surface.

      • CJ - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        exactly. Blow the whole thing up, get what you can and be back in 2-3 years. Or don’t and go back to mediocrity and sucktitude for the rest of the decade at least.

  5. CJ - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    What do we get back if you take all 3 (Rollins, Victorino, Hamels)???

    • philliesnuts - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      seeing as they’ll be getting Victorino, I would take Kemp for all three

      • skids003 - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        Yeah, I bet you would.

  6. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Rollins is batting .289 with 8 HR’s and .875 OPS since his paternity leave, which is the point where he ended his dreadful beginning to the season. Plus the upgrade in the field. I think LA would have to give up way more than Rollins is worth to get him. I don’t think the Phillies would seriously entertain this unless they lose 8 or 9 more games before the trade deadline.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      He had a great June but his July has tapered off a bit. The BA has been lower, but the OPS is still pretty good. his OBP is atrocious as usual for Lead-off. Jimmy in June was deserving of the 3-spot actually, in July he’s more of a 5-spot or 6-spot. If he’s not going to get on base at a good clip he should be driving in the guys in front of him.

  7. flyerscup2010 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    peace

  8. swingondeesenuts - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    If they can get out from under that bad contract they signed with Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies should trade him even if they get next to nothing in return. They are going anywhere this season anyway and I’m pretty sure they can find a replacement that will give them the same numbers Rollins did at a 1/3 of the price in the off season.

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