MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Interested in Philadelphia Phillies Shortstop Jimmy Rollins

By Carl Conrad

With major league baseball’s July 31 trade dead line looming right around the corner, there are still some teams who have to decide whether they will be buyers or sellers.  You can count the Philadelphia Phillies among those teams.  The talk around the Phillies has primarily been about what will be done with their ace pitcher Cole Hamels.  However, there has also been some discussion as to whether or not shortstop Jimmy Rollins will remain a member of the Phitin’ Phils when August begins.

There has been some interest in the aging shortstop from an array of teams, most notably among them, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The move makes sense when you take some time to dissect it.  The Dodgers have a need at the position, and the Phillies haven’t exactly been ecstatic about Rollins’ performance thus far in 2012.  The Dodgers have had a veritable revolving door at shortstop this year and could desperately use some stability there.  Meanwhile, the Phillies have a reliable option on the roster at shortstop, in Mike Fontenot, who proved early in the year that he is an solid defender and is serviceable at the dish.  They will also be getting Freddy Galivs back when he returns from his PED suspension.

Philadelphia would free up some cash that they would otherwise owe Rollins for the final two years of his contract, even if they would likely not receive any top notch prospects in the deal.  The one thing that may hold up any potential deal involving J-Roll is the fact that the has a no trade clause in his contract, so he would have to approve any potential trade.

Rollins has 96 hits on the year in addition to 9 home runs , 34 RBI, 31 walks and 58 strikeouts.  He is hitting a meager .258 in 90 games thus far.

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