Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports there are rumors the Phillies are listening to trade propositions for shortstop Jimmy Rollins:
There have been rumors that Philadelphia will listen to offers for the 2007 MVP. Even if true, the price would be prohibitively high. He’d look great in a Giants uniform, but I don’t see him being a realistic target for them.
While I’d immediately slap this nonsense to the curb, I have to point to these things:
- Rollins showed a tendency to play lax this season, however great.
- Rollins mouthed off against Philadelphia fans.
- The Phillies got their title and might look to sell high.
That all said, it would take something huge for the Phils to release Rollins. Moreover, it would mean your opening day shortstop would be a combination of Eric Brunlett and Jason Donald. I love Donald too, but Rollins is a former MVP, a world champion, a leader, and a potential retired number. Rumors are fun.