Williams: Nats want to make amends for 2013
If someone were to ask you for a recap of the trade rumors surrounding the Phillies this offseason, the proper response would be: 'how much time do you have?'
Nearly everyone who's worth anything - and doesn't have a contract considered untradeable - has been rumored. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Domonic Brown and Jonathan Papelbon have all been linked to the trade block. And now, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, Jimmy Rollins' name is floating around.
Olney reports the Phillies are "very willing" to listen to offers for the former All-Star shortstop. Rollins, 35, is set to make $11 million next year, so there's that. He also hasn't hit above .270 since 2008.
Despite his abilities dropping off, Rollins was an effective player in 2012. Last year he played 160 games with a .667 OPS. Besides his patience at the plate, Rollins was a hole in the Phillies lineup most games.
Playing 160 games was probably the best thing Rollins did in 2013 and it could present a problem for the Phillies, or whatever team he plays for next season. He has a vesting option for 2015 worth $11 million and it kicks in if he posts at least 600 plate appearances. Though he was bad in 2013, he had 666 PAs. If he does it again he makes a lot of money.
Olney notes that Rollins has a no-trade clause as well. It's based on his 10-5 rights, ten years in the league and five with the same team. Rollins looks like a tough player to move, but the Phillies plan on giving it the old college try.