Jimmy Rollins has been a long time Phillies player, he was the NL MVP in 2007 but recently it’s been reported that he may be on the trading block for reasons that are unknown to him.
Just a few days ago, Rollins sat the bench for 3 straight games, and the explanation from new skipper, Ryne Sandberg, was that he just wanted to see Freddy Galvis play 3 games in a row. That might be the case, but Rollins has went public to say that he thinks this goes deeper than that explanation and he doesn’t have a clue as to why he’s the guy singled out so far in the 2014 season.
Last night, this story went viral amongst sports news organizations. Most of these pundits say that Rollins is on the trading block and could be traded real soon.
Jimmy Rollins has at least 10 years service with at least 5 years with one team, and that gives him certain rights of not being traded to certain teams. It’s not clear who if any teams have been interested in Rollins, but it’s been reported that he doesn’t want to go to Detroit.
Rollins has had his run ins over the years with former Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel, but it’s not clear that those issues are still bothering Sandberg, or that the team is just wanting to move in a different direction. A shortstop is generally not the main generator of offense, and the fact that the Phillies weren’t successful last year shouldn’t fall on Rollins’ shoulders, if anything the Phils should look higher up the salary chain to find those problems in a player named Howard, but that is a different story.
We’ll see how this story shakes out over the next couple of weeks, it’s the Phillies first somewhat sensational event to happen out of Spring Training and it’s got the press on fire with rumor.