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Jimmy Rollins is open to a trade

Jun 14, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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Jimmy Rollins has long said that he wouldn’t consider waiving his 10-5 rights to veto a trade away from the Phillies. Back in March he softened that a bit, saying that if the team were going nowhere and were in last place, he’d consider it. Now that he has the team’s all-time hit record under his belt he was asked again, and once again, he seems like he’d OK a deal out of Philly. From Jim Salisbury at

Would he leave Philadelphia, the only big-league baseball home he has known?

Once again Saturday, he left the door open to the possibility.

“It really depends if everything is blown up,” he said. “Then you take that into consideration. If they blow everything up, then of course.”

So there’s that: Rollins has definitely softened his stance on being traded. He at least would listen to the possibility.

Rollins has taken a lot of heat from Philly fans for allegedly being selfish, with them claiming that his desire to break the Phillies’ all-time hit record put personal glory ahead of the team’s best interests. Setting aside the fact that Rollins has earned the right to play where he wants, how much do you wanna bet that the tune will soon change to “selfish Rollins only wants to play for a winner!”

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Now….who would trade something of value for half a season of a weak hitting shortstop that makes $11,000,000 a year….I GOT IT! The Phillies!!

    Oh. Damn.

    • aladou2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Yeah, it’s strange. Who would trade for the best overall shortstop in the NL this year who’s not named Tulo?

      Why would a team want to upgrade at a key position?

      • bolweevils2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Rollins is second best in the NL? If you go by bWAR, Peralta, Crawford, and Owings are all better so far this year. Rollins is beating Andrelton Simmons at the moment, but personally I’d take Simmons for the rest of the season over Rollins given the choice.

        (And I have no bias in the matter since as a Met fan, I hate them both)

      • aladou2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        I go by fWAR, where Rollins was second when I wrote that. Peralta had a big game yesterday to move ahead of him, so Rollins is 3rd at the moment.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      You do have a point, Rollins age, BA, salary would surly work against common sense. That being said, the Yankees also have their share of old folks that are over paid and producing poor numbers. But, the one thing that is being over looked is that they have been to two world series and have the ring for wining. Most of us that are fans of teams that have not been in a World Series for so many decades, that its hard to remember the last time we were contenders. So when fans of teams that have not been winners for a long time, would like to trade places and have our respected teams go the WS twice and win one. Just maybe, your glass is only half full and your team isn’t as bad as you think. P.S. Additionally, we also wish that we could have a few of your pitchers as well.

  2. badnewz80 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Rollins will go down among the top Phillies
    of all time. In the conversation with Best
    Shortstops in MLB. Why tarnish a legacy,
    one that goes back 14 years, and a sure
    place in the record books of 1-team players.
    I hope he does the right thing and stays.
    Too many sellouts in sports these days.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      “In the conversation with Best
      Shortstops in MLB.”

      As in….”Haha, remember that time a mostly mediocre shortstop won an MVP during a career year even though his WAR of 6.1 ranked 9th in the NL? Hahahaha. How did that even happen?”

      • mmeyer3387 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        Not funny and also weak, I’m sure that if you gave yourself a little time that you could give us a better statement.

      • dan1111 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:22 AM

        “Mostly mediocre”? Jimmy Rollins has 43.6 WAR for his career, which places him among the top 15-20 shortstops of all time. Yes, he is a long way from the very best, but mediocre is just as far off the mark.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      you should try FOLLOWING the sport…

      Rollins career OPS+ is only 97 and that is BELOW the league average which is 100.

      He’s NOT even average on offense…

      he’s overrated.

      his career on base percentage is well BELOW the league average too…

      he is nowhere close to the best shortstops in MLB history…

      he isn’t close the best shortstops in the game today… might wanna look up Jeter’s stats and compare them to the below average Rollins…

      and I’m NO Yankees fan…

      • greymares - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        You might want to review the stats of the shortstops already in the HALL OF FAME. of course that wouldn’t help your argument. keeping in mind I’m no J.Rollins fan but a Phillie fan and the guy has been pretty darn good. my problem is the hustle thing but I’m old school.

      • Youknowimright - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM

        Agreed. Rollins is the most overrated offensive player in mlb history. He is a career .260 hitter and the only reason he has so many hits is because he bullied pushover manuel to keep him at the top of the lineup for the last four years when he should have been a 5 or 6 hole hitter.

      • aladou2 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM


        Go ahead and name all of the Phillies who would have fit better in the leadoff spot than wherever they actually hit in the lineup those years.

        Ready… go.

      • Youknowimright - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Yeah you got me there, chief, but I’m sure you could have found someone who regularly swung at the first pitch when he should have been working the pitch count and trying to get on base, tried to hit three run homers with no one on base and batted .265 For his career. II’m sure thete were plenty of good free agents over the last 15 years who could have done a better job. It is ok though pal, you can still wear your j roll jersey that you bought after his mvp season.

      • aladou2 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Aah, so you’re changing your story now. Now you say it was actually Amaro’s fault, for not getting a proper leadoff hitter, and not because Rollins “bullied pushover manuel to keep him at the top of the lineup”.

        That probably makes more sense, but if you’d like to change your story again, we’re all ears.

        By the way, he has swung at the first pitch less than average, and even less than the average leadoff hitter, and has walked more than most leadoff hitters for years.

      • Youknowimright - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Yeah ok there allie babba. whatever works for you . bottom line is that he is not a leadoff hitter and it is a combo of never getting a real leadoff guy and manuel never having the balls to stand up to his players that has lead the phillies into their demise. The guy is overrated at the dish. You know I’m right.. you can still play with rollins bobblehead doll that you keep on your night stand after they trade him. By the way the all time hits leadet for the phils is batting .247 this year. Solid.

      • aladou2 - Jun 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Not sure what your point is any more. The year Ashburn passed Delahanty, he hit a career low .266, with a .667 OPS. The year Schmidt passed Ashburn, he hit .203. Rollins is hitting .247, but he’s also 11th in the league in walks. The bottom line is he’s having a very good year, and is still one of the best in the game overall at his position.

        Make sure you vote for him for the All star game — he deserves to be one of the backups behind Tulo, and having more votes will help to get him selected by Matheny.

      • Youknowimright - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        The first point I’m trying to make is that rollins is overrated. The second point that I can make now is that if rollins makes the all star team the nl is as bad as I think it is. The third point which you help support every time you post is that you are a complete douche. Not much else to say to your blind fandom except that the phils are a pretty terrible franchise with a history to support that statement. 10000 losses plus and counting. Ugh. Mike lieberthal is on your wall of fame . Nuff said. When you are scraping liebby off the bottom of your shoe to have a ceremony for. You have some problems.

      • aladou2 - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        I guess when you run out of arguments there’s nothing left but the personal attacks.

        No one said he’s a great hitter by the way — I don’t know who you think is overrating him. But he has been a good hitter for a shortstop.

        As for the 10000 losses, well, that’s ancient history. Over a 30-year period from 1919 to 1948, they had an impossibly bad .371 W-L%, which is like going 60-102 every single year for 30 straight years. This is when they racked up the losses that earned them the “losingest franchise” label.

        But the Phillies also have the remaining 101-year history of their franchise (longer than many teams’ entire history), during which they have a winning record:

        1919 through 1948: 1697-2873… 1,176 games under .500
        other 101 years: 7725-7627.………. 98 games OVER .500

        In fact, in the 45 years since baseball expanded in 1969 (i.e. the majority of the lifetime of most current fans):

        – only 7 of the other 29 teams have a better record than the Phillies
        – only 6 of the 29 have more postseason appearances
        – only 6 of the 29 have more championships

      • Youknowimright - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Yes now you are getting it. Personal attacks are awesome. You obviously have a ton of time on your hands to research and pull theses meaningless numbers out of your a hole. As a fan of the greatest franchise in the hx of pro sports, the ny yankees, let me leave you with this 27 to 2. It is pretty much the only stat that matters and is the ultimate conversation ender. So please go back to the kids table and finish your pb and j with the crusts cut off and come have some filet mignon with me at the adult table when the phils hit double digit championships. This will never happen in your lifetime so checkmate my friend.

      • aladou2 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        If we’re down to comparing franchise histories, then I brought a butter knife to a gun fight.

  3. Hard On For Harden - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Jon Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and Domingo Santana for Jimmy Rollins? Just kidding Phillies fans.

  4. strk3 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Selfish Rollins only wants to stay to break records. Selfish Rollins, now that he’s obtained his records, wants to leave to play for a winner. The common thread: selfish.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      On the money sir…

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      I never have been in the “selfish Rollins” camp. That said – you are absolutely correct that it is no contradiction whatsoever to say you don’t like Rollins sticking around to set a record, and then to say you don’t like him saying he is okay leave now that the record is intact. Quite the contrary – it is most consistent.

      Craig like to troll, but this was not his A game

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      I agree.

      Rollins is totally selfish.

      Only caring about doing the best he can for himself instead of the increasingly awful team he plays for.

      If he was a real team player he’d have stabbed Ruben Amaro 3 years ago, and then petitioned ownership to hire a GM who wasn’t a complete and total jackass.

      What a selfish butthole.

      • aladou2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Piece of advice: the Phillies have three players who are among the best at their position this year: Utley, Rollins, Ruiz.

        Go vote for them for the all-star team. Rollins will never pass Tulo (rightly so, Tulo should start), but having more votes will help ensure Rollins is selected as a backup.

        He has certainly earned it with his play this year.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:59 AM

        If you really think there’s any difference between Rollins 1.9 fWAR and the three guys who are at 1.5 or better, you really don’t understand how imprecise WAR is.

      • aladou2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Of course I understand. Which is why there is no basis for saying any of the others are better than Rollins.

    • realgone2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Rollins is a tool.

  5. andreweac - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Amaro is more likely to keep him now that Rollins has shown he has tWtW.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Can he play second base?

  7. greymares - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Once again Craig took bits and pieces from the interview. he answered to the if they blew it up question after being pressed numerous times. He also stated many times that he could see himself retiring as a life long Phillie. He mentioned the 2 yrs on his contract and he will play until he can’t, the only way he doesn’t want to stay in Philly is if he still can play at the end of the contract and they won’t sign him. and of course he did answer the if they blow it up question. We all know there is to much money involved to BLOW IT UP.

  8. mjfearby - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I personally think Rollins just wants to get away from Sandberg. It looks like no one on the Phillies want to either and it shows.

  9. stupidusername - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    His next season’s $11M option vests in just 156 more PA’s. That’s a ton for a 36-year old SS with his offense, unless someone is convinced ’14 has been a bit of a resurgence. Phillies would have to pick up a lot of that contract in order to move him and probably still wouldn’t get anything in return. Well, no, I know they wouldn’t get anything in return because Amaro can’t even trade players of value and get a return.

    • aladou2 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      All great reasons to keep him, along with the fact that there is no replacement waiting in the wings.

      He was the second best shortstop on the planet overall just two years ago, in 2012, and he’s one of the top two or three this year.

      Hold on to him.

  10. xbam1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    rollins might be tool but so is craig!

  11. Youknowimright - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Rollins just got inducted into the hall of very good. 2235 hits and that gets you the all time hits crown in philly. Derek jeter finds that very amusing. What a crap franchise.

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