Jimmy Rollins Trade Rumors: Latest Updates on Dodgers' Interest & More
Jimmy Rollins is on the trading block.
Regardless of the fact that he's been on the block for a couple of years now, it's hard to imagine the only team Rollins has ever known trading him.
Just look at Cole Hamels.
This year, Rollins is hitting .262 with nine home runs, 34 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
He's signed to a $33 million contract that runs through 2014, although there's a vesting option for 2015.
So, where does he go, if he's traded at all?
That's where Bleacher Report and I come in.
No longer will you need to search out multiple sites to find the latest and greatest rumor. It will all be here.
So, here's a look at the latest rumors on Rollins.
Note: This will be updated on a regular basis—often multiple times per day—so while the post date will always show as July 17, come back to see the latest rumors on where Rollins might go.
Athletics Not in the Hunt
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Rollins will not be going to the Athletics.
According to a tweet by the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, Rollins is not currently an option for the A's.
Source tells me Jimmy Rollins is not currently an option for #Athletics.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 25, 2012
Analysis: I never really understood the A's interest in Rollins being they're a small-market team and Rollins has a nice-sized contract. The only way this could ever happen is if the Phillies agreed to pay a portion of Rollins' salary over the next few years in the same way the A's got the Yankees to pay a portion of David Justice's salary during the 2002 season.
If Phillies Sell, Rollins Will Be Available
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According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, if the Phillies decide to sell before the deadline, Rollins will be one of the five players they will consider letting go, to include Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick and Placido Polanco.
But Rollins is a 10-and-5 guy (10 years of service time in the major leagues and at least the past five with the same team) who can veto any deal. He would approve a trade only to a West Coast contender. And he'll make $11 million a year through 2015 if you count his easily vested option. So the chances of Rollins getting dealt are extremely remote.
So, while there may be snags along the way, at least we know the Phillies have confirmed that Rollins is on the block.
Analysis: This comes as no surprise as the Phillies are aging. And, the only way you can make your team younger is to trade away some of your veterans for some minor leaguers. I'll be interested to see what happens with Cole Hamels, because I think if he gets traded, the rest of the dominoes will fall on these Phillies' players.
Dodgers Looking at Rollins
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Rollins is part of a long list of players the Dodgers are looking at, as they try to trade for both a hitter and a starting pitcher in an effort to keep pace with the Giants in the National League West. But he may be the most intriguing.
While Rollins has been a big disappointment with the Phillies this year, he could be a help to a Dodger team that lost shortstop Dee Gordon to the disabled list.
Knobler also notes that the Dodgers are also interested in Phillies' pitcher Cole Hamels and outfielder Shane Victorino.
Analysis: The Dodgers seem to be in a holding pattern as the Phillies are still trying to figure out if they are in buy or sell mode before the deadline.
While I don't see the Dodgers having the pieces to acquire Hamels, they might have just enough to acquire Rollins.
One thing is for sure, Rollins would add a lot to the Dodgers' lineup and put them right back in contention with the Giants for the division title.
Rollins' Contract Could Scare Teams Away
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Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggests that Rollins is a good fit for many teams, but not at his price tag.
But as one rival executive says, “That contract, boy oh boy...”
Rollins, re-signed as a free agent by the Phils last offseason, is guaranteed salaries of $11 million through 2014, and his deal also includes a player or club option for '15 that will be worth a minimum of $5 million.
A team might want him, but not at that price and not for that long.
Analysis: If this holds up any trade for Rollins, the Phillies will have shot themselves in the foot.
Money can be a big issue for teams if the players' rights are retained through the offseason. In this case, Rollins still has two more years and $22 million left on his contract, and unless it's with the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers or Cubs, other teams might be scared away from having to pay that amount of money.
This alone would make me wonder about the possibility of Rollins being traded at all.