Some within the Philadelphia Phillies believe they could be better off without shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney there is a “strong sentiment” within the organization that the team would be better off without the 35-year-old on their roster.
Owed $11 million this season with a contract which includes a vesting option for $11 million next season the Phillies may find it hard to unload Rollins.
Sources: There is strong sentiment within PHI organization right now that the team would be better off trading shortstop Jimmy Rollins ASAP.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 18, 2014
To complicate matters is that Rollins owns rights as a 10-and-5 player and could reject any trade.
The question remains to be seen as whether this is the fallout from a recent issue with manager Ryne Sandberg or just a change in direction in the front office.
Rollins appeared in 160 games last season hitting .252/.318/.348 with six home runs, 65 runs scored while stealing 22 bases on 28 attempts.