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Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not having the best of years in 2012. The numbers aren't terrible, but they're not great, either.
Hitting .262 with nine HR and 34 RBI, the Phillies were leaning on Rollins to help pick up the offensive slack in the absence of both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. While the blame for the Phillies' sputtering offense can't be laid on the feet of Rollins, the Phillies have nonetheless been disappointed.
Oftentimes, trades can act like kindling on a fire. When a flame starts to flicker, sometimes adding a bit of kindling can re-spark the fire.
That was certainly the case the last year with current Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence. Pence was hitting a solid .308 when he was acquired from the Houston Astros, with 11 home runs in his first 100 games. After the trade, Pence hit .324 with 11 HR in just 54 games with Philly.
A change of scenery can certainly act as a spark, and for the Dodgers, they can only hope that if they do acquire Rollins, he acts as a kindling for a flickering offense.