There appears to be a growing rift between Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and management but both sides are trying to downplay reports that a trade is in the works.
Rollins says the whole point is mute.
“Because I can’t be traded,” said Rollins, via Todd Zolecki. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it is tried to be twisted or said, or if it is exactly how it was said, or even if it was said, I can’t be traded. It doesn’t matter. If I was tradable it may have weight because that means I could be moving soon. But I am not tradable and so it doesn’t matter.”
General manager Ruben Amaro did not offer much more.
“Absolute silliness,” he said. “Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop. One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy. … We have no intention of moving Jimmy. We need Jimmy to play for us to win. It’s as simple as that.”
The Phillies have sought trades for Rollins at the trade deadline in each of the last two seasons. A strong first half by Rollins and struggles by the Phillies may be the only way these two sides part ways in the near future as he owns 10-and-5 rights.
“Everybody wants to be loved or liked. But good or bad, right or wrong, people are going to love you and some are going to hate you regardless. You can’t change their opinions to swing either way.” said Rollins.
Rollins played in 160 games last season hitting .252/.318/.348 scoring 65 runs while going 22-of-26 on stolen base attempts.