Spring Training hasn’t started the way Jimmy Rollins or the Philadelphia Phillies wanted.
Between being called out by bench coach Larry Bowa and a public feud with rookie manager Ryne Sandberg, the rocky relationship between the Phillies and Rollins is growing tiresome. That has lead to rumors that Rollins could be traded, but Rollins isn’t having it, recently suggesting that he has no plans to waive his no-trade clause.
If the Tigers call the Phillies, the conversation won’t last long. As a veteran of 10 years in the major leagues and five with the same club, Rollins has full no-trade rights. He reiterated Sunday that he would not waive his no-trade rights any time soon.
With the aforementioned Detroit Tigers in desperate need of a shortstop, there was a generalized assumption that Rollins could be on their radar, but won’t be the case if Rollins refuses to be traded.
Rollins is in the final year of his contract, though there is an option on his 2015 season which vests under a certain amount of plate appearances.