Phillies Shopping Veteran Shortstop Jimmy Rollins

You never know with Ruben Amaro, who has intentionally deceived teams before to try and soften up the market for a certain position or even just to gauge interest, but according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Phillies GM is telling other MLB executives that he is “very willing” to deal his veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Rollins struggled offensively and defensively in 2013 (via PhilliesNetwork)

Rollins, who has at least one, likely two, years left on a contract that he signed back in December 2011, saw his production tail off completely in 2013. After posting a 2.4 Wins Above Replacement in 2012, about right for an $11 million player, he struggled mightily last season. Not only did he struggle to create runs with his legs (his base running runs dipped from 8 in 2012 to 2.5 in 2013), but according to FanGraphs his ISO (raw power numbers) dropped from .177 to .093.

It is unlikely that the Phillies would be able to get a top, major-league ready prospect in return, but even adding a young, raw talent and giving guys like Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez the chance to play while the team rebuilds would be nice.

With his recent moves, however, it doesn’t seem like Amaro is ready to admit that this team is not poised for a playoff run just yet.


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Categories: Beat Writing, Phillies

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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