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The Phillies want to trade Jimmy Rollins

Mar 18, 2014, 6:36 AM EDT

Yesterday we heard that, in the event that the Tigers came calling about Jimmy Rollins, the veteran shortstop would not waive his 10-5 rights in order to make a deal happen. Buster Olney reports this morning that this could be more than a hypothetical situation:

Whether this is about general team construction or whether this is about Rollins’ recent dustup with Ryne Sandberg is unclear. But either way it spells trouble. You don’t want to start the season with difficult-to-negotiate issues like the desire to trade a possibly untradable veteran. It creates problems for the players and managers in that they’ll be asked about it all the time. It bums fans out because it sends the signal, before Opening Day even starts, that the team itself is not happy with its construction.

Just not the way the Phillies want to be heading into the season.

  1. pmbryant - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I think Rollins made clear in his comments yesterday that he will not waive his 10 and 5 rights to consent to a trade until after he has his 61 hits and becomes the franchise leader in hits. There’s no “I” in “Team”, but there’s definitely an “M” and an “E”.

    If the Phils want to get rid of him before then (and the way Rollins has regressed, it could take him until the trade deadline to get 61 hits), they are going to have to do what it always takes to make a problem go away” throw money at it. Rollins might want that records, but he probably has a price he’s willing to accept so he can twist the knife on the way out the door.

    • otismeanwhile - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      The one thing that trumps all this “no trade clause” (and Jimmy said this himself) is if the team comes out and lays a huge egg this season…which, judging from what they look like now, is not out of the question. Especially if Sandberg sits him more than plays him. Jimmy will go..records or not.

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Actually there is an ‘i’ in team if you spell it in French.

  2. insidefastball - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Amazed that anyone even wants him

  3. ironman721 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Eat some of the salary and trade him to Pittsburgh. Go Bucs!

    • mox19380 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      if it were as simple as that I’m sure they would. unfortunately jimmy has a no trade clause

  4. kastout11 - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I think all of us Phillies fans want to see Galvis anyway. If you sit him, he will accept a trade. Is Galvis that much worse than him anyway. I don’t think so.

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