Jimmy Rollins 'of course' open to a trade if Phillies rebuild

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Sounds like Jimmy Rollins is now more open to a trade.
Sounds like Jimmy Rollins is now more open to a trade. (USATSI)

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The Phillies come into Sunday with the fifth-worst record in baseball (29-37), and rumblings of a potential rebuilding are growing louder and louder. It's inevitable, just a question of when the braintrust wants to begin the process.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has made it no secret he would like to remain in Philadelphia. He became the franchise's all-time hits leader on Saturday and there is a definite appeal to spending your entire career in one uniform. Not many players get that opportunity.

Rollins does, however, appear to be growing more open to a trade as the team continues to sink in the standings. Here's what he told reporters on Saturday (via ESPN):

"It really depends if everything is blown up," Rollins told reporters. "Then you take that into consideration. If they blow everything up, then of course."

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"Fortunately, I don't have to worry about that right now," the shortstop told reporters. "But if that time does come, and it's time to go ... people move on.

"We have six weeks. We can make it difficult on (GM Ruben Amaro Jr.). The division hasn't gotten away from us at all yet. Hopefully we have a little magic left."

The Phillies are in last place in the NL West, but they are only 5.5 games back of the first-place Braves and Nationals. They could certainly climb back into the race with nearly four months left in the season, but it's very unlikely based on their play to date.

Rollins, 35, is hitting .249/.344/.402 (108 OPS+) with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases this season, which is excellent production for a shortstop. He's also solid defensively. Clubs including the Tigers, Dodgers and Athletics would all have use for a player like that.

Rollins does have 10-and-5 no-trade protection, so he can veto any deal. He is also 156 plate appearances away from triggering an $11 million vesting option in his contract for 2015. That could be an issue in trade talks.

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