I’ve reported on Jimmy Rollins’ stance about being traded on both Call to the Pen and OutsidePitchMLB. Both times Rollins’ remained firm in his resolve. He would not approve a trade away from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rollins falls under MLB’s 10-5 rule. It basically means that any player who has been in the league ten years and has spent five of those years with the same team can veto any trade thrown their way. So up until Saturday, Rollins had said there was no way he’d EVER approve a trade.
His stance softened when he talked to reporters Saturday saying he would consider a trade if the Phillies made a big deal out of it.
“It really depends if everything is blown up. Then you take that into consideration. If they blow everything up, then of course.”
This new stance came right after the game where he surpassed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt’s Phillies’ franchise record for total hits with a single to right field in the fifth inning of the Phillies’ game against the Chicago Cubs. Rollins now has 2,235 career hits.
Rollins, who has been with the Phillies’ for his entire 15-year career, did say that he would prefer to remain with Philadelphia but this softening of his resolve is certainly interesting. He had been very adamant about it prior to his record breaking day. He went on to say,
“Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that right now,” the shortstop told reporters. “But if that time does come, and it’s time to go … people move on.”
This could get good folks! With the Phillies seemingly in a free fall and Rollins’ having a vesting option worth $11 million should he get a certain number of plate appearances, Rollins is one of several veterans that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could look to deal away prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Even though the Phillies are “seemingly in a free fall,” realistically they are only 5.5 games out of first place in the N.L. Central and like Rollins said,
“We still have six weeks (until the the trade deadline and to get back into the race).”
So will Rollins remain in Philly?? Now that him leaving is a possibilty, I guess it’s just time to wait and see how things develop.