With tension brewing between Jimmy Rollins and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, the possibility of the veteran leaving in a trade has been speculated. MLB scouts even drew the link between Rollins and the suddenly shortstop-needy Tigers to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury.
But with 10-and-5 rights (10 MLB seasons, last five with same team) giving him a full no-trade clause, and with just 60 hits to go to set the all-time record for the Phillies, Rollins is not interested in playing for anyone else.
Rollins has 2,175 hits as a Phillie currently and wants to overtake Mike Schmidt as the franchise leader.
“There’s only 30 guys that are their team’s leader in hits,” Rollins said Sunday. “It’s a pretty high honor.”
Rollins is due $11 million this season and has a vesting option of equal money for 2015 if he reaches 434 plate appearances. Last year he posted 666.
Rollins won't completely rule out a trade, but says he isn't ready to seriously consider leaving.
“I don’t know,” he said. “If we’re in absolutely last place with nowhere to go and change is obviously on the horizon, then at that point I’d think about it. But anything short of a complete disaster, I’m wearing red and white pinstripes.”
Last year Rollins played in 160 games and didn't record his 60th hit until June 8, his 63rd game of the year. If he reached 60 hits this season on the same pace that'd give him the record just over a month before the trade deadline.
Rollins has played 14 major league seasons, all with the Phillies. He seems intent on breaking the all-time hits record, but after that could we see J-Roll move on? Sounds like a growing possibility.