We had previously heard that Rollins, who has full no-trade powers as a 10-5 player, would be ready to sign off on trade once he had that record in his pocket. That is understandable, even if it is pretty shamelessly motivated by an individual accomplishment.
It really depends if everything is blown up,” Rollins told reporters. “Then you take that into consideration. If they blow everything up, then of course.”
Try though he might to put it in the context of a full rebuilding process, something the Phillies know is a possibility at this point, Rollins has still changed his tune pretty drastically. Up to this point Rollins has been steadfast that he’s not interested in signing off on a trade.
To be fair to Rollins, it is understandably difficult for him to imagine playing in another uniform. At 35 years old, he has spent his entire 14 year career with the Phillies, something that is pretty special and rare these days.
There might be a certain degree of closure in nailing down such an important franchise record in front of the home crowd and then making the difficult decision to leave town.