The Oakland A’s were the obvious winner of the trade deadline as they not only picked up Jeff Samardzija well before the deadline, but they also shockingly acquired Jon Lester. Of course, the price was rather high but the team did not expect to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes, thus, the front office deemed it affordable.
But the addition of both pitchers wasn’t the only big move the Oakland A’s were working on as according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the team attempted to trade for longtime Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Rollins was said to be somewhat available but the Phillies, for whatever reason, put a high price tag on some of their aging talent and decided to make no major moves.
Given that, the talks between the A’s and Phillies regarding Jimmy Rollins didn’t get very far.
However, just because the talks died then doesn’t mean Jimmy Rollins won’t find himself in demand during the next few weeks. While the non-waiver deadline has passes, the true trade deadline has not. Yes, players who are traded now will need to clear waivers but given Jimmy Rollins’ age and price tag, it’s possible that the shortstop could clear through waivers.
Of course, if a team is to agree on a trade for Rollins, that doesn’t mean he’ll make it to the intended destination as a handful of teams with infield issues, say like the San Francisco Giants, attempted to trade for him as well.
Much like the Athletics, talks reportedly did not get far.
Rollins, a Bay Area native, has expressed a desire to return home before.