The Phillies are very willing to trade SS Jimmy Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause (Olney, Dec. 16).
Rollins, 35, hit just .252 with a .318 OBP, 22 stolen bases and six home runs while playing 160 games for the Phillies this past season.
He will earn $11 million next season. He can guarantee an $11 million option for 2015 by getting 434 at bats in 2014 (MLBTR). His current deal also has an $8 million team option and $5.5 million player option for 2015, otherwise he can elect to be a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead WriterThe last time he was a free agent, it was quite clear he wanted to play in Philadelphia. The Phillies entertained trading him last winter, according to countless reports. However, it was said he was unlikely to waive his no-trade clause. Plus, there wasn’t much demand for him from other teams, probably because of those options.
He’s not going to be traded to the Mets, I’m sure. That said, if he’s willing to be traded and teams are interested, it could impact the market for shortstops.
It was reported last Tuesday that the Mets are still active in the shortstop market (Cafardo, Dec. 10), though they’re more likely to get someone through trade than free agency, Sandy Alderson told reporters before leaving the Winter Meetings.