Report: Dodgers Interested In Jimmy RollinsBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
With the July 31st trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Phillies haven’t decided just yet if they plan to be sellers or not, but they’re still getting calls from teams around the league about their players.
While most of the attention is going to be centered around the status of pitcher Cole Hamels, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers have interest in trading for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
The Dodgers have a need at the position, and per Knobler Phillies have been disappointed with the play of Rollins this season, and thought that the veteran could have stepped up more to fill the voids left by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard early in the season. The team may be more willing to part with Rollins after seeing what Freddy Galvis accomplished earlier in the season. The rookie proved that he’s an excellent major league defender, and can be serviceable at the plate as an eight-hole hitter.
If the Phillies were to find a taker for Rollins, they wouldn’t receive any great prospects in return, but they would be free of the remaining two years of his contract, which would free up some valuable space on the payroll.
Rollins also has a no-trade clause in his deal (nice job Ruben), so he would also have to approve of any trade that sends him out of Philadelphia. The Dodgers may be a fit for him, as he is a California native.
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