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Jimmy Rollins won’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Detroit

Mar 17, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

Jimmy Rollins AP

There’s no indication that the Tigers actually want Jimmy Rollins to fill in their now-wide-open shortstop position. But as’s Jim Salisbury reports, a lot of scouts were speculating about such a thing, so Salisbury asked Rollins how he’d feel about it. Keeping in mine that Rollins, as a 10-and-5 guy, has full no-trade protection:

If the Tigers call the Phillies, the conversation won’t last long. As a veteran of 10 years in the major leagues and five with the same club, Rollins has full no-trade rights. He reiterated Sunday that he would not waive his no-trade rights any time soon.

With 2,175 career hits, Rollins is 60 shy of overtaking Mike Schmidt as the Phillies’ all-time leader.

He can’t get that record in another team’s uniform.

“There’s only 30 guys that are their team’s leader in hits,” Rollins said Sunday. “It’s a pretty high honor.”

With the caveat that Rollins’ earned his right to not be traded and doesn’t have to give a reason for not wanting to be traded, it is curious that he publicly offers an individual record is his first reason for not being open to a trade. Last I checked the Crash Davis School of Media Relations tells guys to mention the ballclub first. But then again, Rollins has always been his own man.

For the record, Rollins did say that if the Phillies were “in absolutely last place with nowhere to go” that he’d rethink.

Which means we’ll likely be revisiting this come May.

  1. 15jq50 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Reblogged this on 15jq50.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    In other words, he’s just going to wait for Derek Jeter to fall down, go ouch.

  3. flyinhighwithvick - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    (Which means we’ll likely be revisiting this come May.)

    You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

    • timmmah10 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      What stones? He’s just saying that the moment Rollins gets the record his tune will probably change about being traded.

      Philly’s aren’t going anywhere, and the Tigers have a clear road to the playoffs as their division is very weak.

      If I’m Rollins, I take the trade, win some games, and hope that I create enough value with my game to get one last contract.

      • flyinhighwithvick - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        He’s implying that the Phillies will be in last place by May. I’m implying that the Braves won’t be much better. Understand? Should I write it in crayon for you?

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Even with the injuries to the Braves pitching, they’ll easily still win the Division and finish at least 10 games ahead of the Phillies.

    • gothapotamus90210 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Maybe Jimmy could pitch for the Braves.

      • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        If he can pitch he ought to stay right where he is. Hamels and Lee and pray for Thee.

  4. nsstlfan - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I thought Schimdt had 3000 hits how is Rollins 60 away from overtaking hin mat 2175?

    • timmmah10 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Speaking of Schmidt, did not know he had cancer diagnosed last August. He recently finished his treatments and is 100% healthy. Wow, Mike Schmidt is healthier than most of the Phillies current roster.

  5. kingjoe1 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    he talked last year about his legacy with the phillies as well. I commend that, but it sets a selfish example for the other players. Plus the phillies could use a prospect in return. They have no farm system

    • otismeanwhile - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Pretty sure everyone knows Rollins for who he is.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      That the Phillies have no farm system is not Jimmy Rollins’s problem to solve.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        And let me add that the return on an aging shortstop with an expensive contract is not going to be much, regardless.

    • gmfw7 - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      the guy has spent his whole career in philly and has earned the right to want to own some individual records, although fans would want to hear differently. jimmy has always been a me-first kind of guy, and we have learned to take the good with the bad because we recognize that as goes jimmy rollins, so go the phillies. in regards to the farm system, we wouldn’t get anything good in return for jimmy, and the idea that the phillies have no farm system isn’t true. they have several starting and relief pitchers who project to contribute in the majors, a handful of very good middle and corner infielders, and two pretty good catching prospects. the only position they’re weak at in the farm is the outfield, which is definitely a problem, but doesn’t equal having an awful farm.

  6. myz43 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    My two year old just started the me, me and mine, mine phase of development. I am sure she will outgrow it. How is it that this overpaid, slacker hasn’t? And I can only hope that the organization sits his ass on the bench and not let him achieve that goal simply because he is, has , and always will be a “me first” guy. The only reason he won an MYP award was because he made a prediction that put himself in the limelight. twenty four other players helped that be a realization.

    • American of African Descent - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      In all seriousness, what’s wrong with being “me first”? Ownership is certainly “me first.”

      Put it another way, if your boss wanted you to move half way across the country for the good of the company—and you wouldn’t get a raise or see much upside—and you had the right to say “no” (without fear of getting fired), would you just up and agree to the request? If you’re answer is “yes,” you’re a better person than I am.

      Consider reading some Ayn Rand. It will change your whole way of thinking.

      • Reflex - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        I did read some Rand. It reaffirmed my faith in Kant. Rarely have I hated something I read as much as I hated The Fountainhead. It is so intellectually dishonest it damaged my faith in human beings as a species.

      • American of African Descent - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        The Categorical Imperative? Really?

        To each his own, I guess . . .

  7. kastout11 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    How selfish is he? Maybe if he would care about helping the team or running out a pop up, I would respect him. How about playing for a contender. He is the prime example of a guy who is just doing it for himself and a paycheck and does not care about winning championships. Sit his butt down, so he won’t get the record anyway. Memo to Ryne and Rueben, you know you can force a trade by not playing him. Like everyone, he wants to play, make the only option to play is going to be with another team.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      No team is going to want a benched player who is known to be selfish.

    • American of African Descent - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Sit him down . . . because that’s going to make the team better and make the fans happy! /sarcasm

  8. cardinalcrazy - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    How can you fault a player whose been playing baseball for 14 years for the same team to have some individual goals? If you’ve been doing something for so long, I couldn’t fault someone for wanting to achieve an individual goal. Everybody thinks that having individual goals won’t help the team. But if you have an individual goal of 200 hits, how would that not help the team? I personally think every player should have individual goals along with team goals.

    • schmedley69 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Good points. Cal Ripken is considered a legend for pursuing an individual goal, even though that goal sometimes wasn’t in his team’s best interest.

      • jrod2go - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        You’re right. But Cal didn’t play 9 every game. Not splitting hairs or nothin cuz I agree. The O’s would start him and take him out by the 3rd or so to get rest in. Who cares though, still impressive to never go on the DL.

        Besides… doesn’t the club benefit the most when a player hits a team milestone like that? They market the deuce out of that stuff. Ask the Angels, they sure as the sun is hot were banking on that when they gave Pujols all that cash. Not team records in that case but the logic is the same.

  9. greymares - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    You can’t get 60 hits on the bench!

    • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      The Phillies’ other options aren’t great. They’ve got Ronny Cedeno and Reid Brignac in camp on NRIs and Brian Bixler in their minor league camp. Or they could take another shot with Freddy Galvis at SS. Do any of these sound like good ideas to you?

      • gmfw7 - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        jwbiii…maybe you haven’t been paying attention, but at this point freddy really is a better option than jimmy. he plays just as good defense, but with better range because of jimmy’s age. he has a rocket for an arm too. also, he has improved with the bat consistantly since his suspension, and continues to show growth in contact and power. i don’t know many people in philly, fan, broadcaster or radio host, who is down on freddy. he will be a productive ss when jimmy is gone. hopefully he’s there for a long time unless roman quinn or jp crawford proves to be a star in the making and takes the spot from freddy, in which case he will move over to 2nd and replace chase. cedeno and brignac will be in AAA or with another franchise come opening day.

      • jwbiii - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Hmm. I’m not as high on Galvis as you are. His contact rate was down and and his K rate was up 50%, which would suggest that I am the one paying attention. As for his fielding prowess, I will take your word for it.

        As for Cedeno and Brignac, of course they will be in Lehigh Valley, unless or until Rollins is traded or Utley is hurt. Cedeno has a June 1 opt out.

        Neither Quinn nor Crawford hit in Lakewood last season. Crawford was a beast for six weeks in the GCL, playing against age appropriate competition. Quinn is in a pretty tough spot. He missed the last two months with a broken wrist and then ruptured his Achilles tendon in November. Speed is his game. We shall see what happens.

  10. chunkala - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    He’s no dummy, he wants nothing to do with AL pitching.
    His ego couldn’t take the .160 BAvg that would surely result.

    • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      American League pitchers aren’t any better than NL ones. Continue the myth if you choose but the leagues are even.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        I think the pitchers in both leagues are about equal. It’s the lineups that are way tougher in the AL, because of the DH. I don’t think Jimmy Rollins is worried about AL pitchers.

      • spudchukar - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        Well, Yeah.

  11. icanspeel - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    So pretty much he wants to get his 60 hits and then re-visit the option before the trade deadline?

  12. xjokerz - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    “There’s no indication that the Tigers actually want Jimmy Rollins ”

    is where your blog should have stopped, youre right..the Tigers dont want Rollins, nor do any fans here.

    hes old, he sucks, hes been in decline, oh and hes a cocky POS.

    he belongs on that old turd of a team known as the Phillies.

    i want NOTHING to do with Rollins.

    so im glad he wont wave his no trade clause, Thanks Jimmy!

    -Signed every Tiger fan.

  13. ninozlatino - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I don’t think it’s selfish to have individual goals. What should a player care about a team if the team is trying to trade him? What he owes loyalty to the same team that wants to dump him? That’s just naive. Now should he mention that sort of thing? Probably not. But if all you hear is trade trade trade then to shut people up why not say he’s not far from the records. I think those same people that talk that crap that he’s so selfish just don’t want him to own those records. When Jimmy was hitting we loved that swag. J-Roll. Now that he’s on the decline he’s just so selfish. can’t you ever report a story without the jabs? It was funny tho’.

  14. philliephanatic - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Nobody said anything about Jimmy’s pursuit of personal records when the result was a WS win, WS appearance and 5 NL East crowns. Now that the team is in decline it’s Jimmy’s fault? He should accept a trade? Well if that’s the logic then put Utley an Howard on that list too. It’s called reality folks. No one to blame. Just hang on and be patient. Phils will be back up there soon. Enjoy the run Nats fans. As for you Bravos fans…good luck contending with Freddy Garcia and Gabon Floyd….yikes.

  15. jrclark1978 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    I went From chanting MVP in 2007, to chanting GTFO in 2014. Can’t wait to see this selfish prick moved. Who cares if it’s a warm bodied replacement, just can’t stand to see someone collecting a check and giving nothing in return. I see enough of that working at UPenn.

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