It’s not secret the Philadelphia Phillies have the biggest “for sale” sign when it comes to wanting to take players off their payroll, but could one of those players be shortstop Jimmy Rollins? And if so, could Rollins be a fit somewhere in New York for example?
Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks Rollins could possibly be a fit for a team that is looking for a shortstop like the Yankees or the New York Mets. However, Rollins won’t be moved unless he wants to be traded.
Jimmy has 10-and-5 rights (10 years in the majors, five with one club, triggering an automatic no-trade clause), so Jimmy will go only where he wants to go. I have had no conversations with Jimmy about [waiving the no-trade provision] that he has rightfully earned. If it is ever the right time, I will have the conversation, but Jimmy will be the one who decides where he is going.”
The Yankees might not go this route and acquire Rollins because they’re trying to get younger as a team. The Yankees have already parted ways with Ichiro Suzuki and they’re unsure at this point whether they want to re-sign Hiroki Kuroda. With that said, Rollins had a .717 OPS in 2014 and was a good defender at shortstop. He’s also owed $11 Million in 2015.
Like I always say, it never hurts to pick up the phone and call and with the shortstop market so thin, Rollins could be a legitimate option should the Yankees choose to go this route.