To be honest, I’m not sure what the Philadelphia Phillies are doing this offseason. In a way, they’re attempting to re-build as they’ve offered up pretty much any aging/expensive name on their roster for trade. On the other hand, they’ve dished out some highly questionable contracts to players in their mid-30′s this offseason, which seems counterproductive.
Either way, whatever they’re doing involves moving on from some of their longest tenured players, which could include shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Phillies are ‘very willing’ to trade Rollins:
PHI has made clear to other teams, as it did during the summer, that it is very willing to move Jimmy Rollins. Has a no-trade clause, tho.
Good luck with that. Rollins, once a very fine player is nearing the end of his road and still has $11 million dollars owed to him in 2014 and another $11 million dollar vesting option in 2015. Combine that with declining skills and it’s doubtful he’ll be moved – even more doubtful Philadelphia would get anything of value in return.