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Rollins: “I can’t be traded”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 19, 2014 05:40 PM | Comments: 36
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Jimmy Rollins reiterated today that he will not be going anywhere, responding to an earlier report from Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Olney said that members of the organization would like to move on from Rollins, as he has not taken on a leadership role in the way they’ve wanted.

Rollins spoke at length about the issue today in Clearwater and told the Inquirer this:

Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, was relaxed when discussing the matter and didn’t seem irritated for one simple reason.

“Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it has tried to be twisted or said, if it is exactly how it was said or if it was said, I can’t be traded.”

Sounds like a man who knows what he wants. And Since Rollins owns the 10/5 rights, he can decline any deal, and it appears he will.

Ruben Amaro seemed disgusted when asked about this:

“It’s absolutely silly, It’s absolute silliness. Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,” Amaro said. “One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy. In fact, those are the kinds of articles that get thrown out there, not only are they a distraction, they’re dangerous and they’re untrue.”

So which is it? Do high ranking members of the Phillies want Rollins out? Or do you believe Amaro, that these are dangerous accusations?

This seems to be a topic that will not go away for the foreseeable future, and Rollins seems to care not.

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  • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

    Well, I’m very glad that Jimmy will “care not”. He shouldn’t. And the fact that he’s comfortable in his own skin is actually a very good thing. The team needs that sort of confidence from their players. But I guess some will attempt to twist this into him being selfish and lazy…something that’s so completely off-base and untrue.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris

    God forbid he says something like, “You know I need to be more focused on this team and winning. I had a bad year last year and one of my goals is to get back to the numbers i had 6 years ago. I hope that rumor isn’t true because I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to help lead this team to another WS title.” Instead he says “Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it has tried to be twisted or said, if it is exactly how it was said or if it was said, I can’t be traded.”

    He really is a bonehead. I hope he’s looking forward to getting booed on opening day. Do you see where we’re coming from Chuck and Schmenks? Why can’t he just answer the questions in a positive professional way?

     
    • Posts: 151 photoFred

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      Chris, all due respect but the answer you propose to put in his mouth is just bland, boilerplate BS. Should we really get upset if Jimmy doesn’t handle the media with the aplomb of, oh I don’t know, a Jeter or a Ripkin? It might be impolitic for him to declare his untradability but so what? It was just as impolitic to declare the Phils as the team to beat in 2007 yet we all loved that. It’s just Jimmy. What nature had in mind here (to paraphrase Joe Paterno) is a baseball player. Not a spokesperson.

       
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        Also, any chance the Yankees or Orioles would’ve tried to trade Jeter or Ripken when they were 60 hits shy of becoming the All-Time Hits Leader for their respective franchise?..

        Rollins is one of the best Phillies ever – and has earned the right to stay here with his 10/5.

        I do not get the hate for Rollins at all, but then again, we live in Philly, so yea, I get it

         
    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      Because it’s ok to boo a guy because he says he want to help bring a championship back here. Yeah….I guess he is a real bonehead then.

       
    • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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      Chris, the answer to your question is that if he did answer questions in a positive, professional way then he would not “be Jimmy”. I know that sounds like a lame answer, but it’s true. He’s never been the guy that says those things. I agree with Amaro when he says –

      “One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy.”

      My interpretation of that line is that he isn’t acting any differently than he ever has. His cocky, non-conforming, don’t give a shit attitude never bothered anyone when we were winning, but it sure does now that he is older and can’t back it up as easily. Does that make him a bonehead? To an extent , yes- I said it the other day, he is his own worst enemy.

      But, for the life of me- I’m just at a loss trying to understand why anyone that has followed his successful career would want him to suddenly become someone else. It’s like a girl marrying you and then expecting you to change into something SHE was hoping you would become. You are who you are, and she knew that when she said took your hand. Jimmy is just acting like Jimmy, and clearly he’s not ashamed of who he is.

       
    • Posts: 835 schmenkman

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      In addition to the other comments, the proposed answer would be kind of silly if the question is “are you worried about the trade rumor?” or the follow up “why not?”, which I think is how it actually went.

      Maybe we’ve gotten too used to politicians giving the answers they want to give, regardless of whether they have anything to do with the question asked.

       
  • Posts: 0 Keith L

    I’d love to see the Phillies trade Rollins. I also know it won’t happen because Amaro is still hung up on what people did in 2008 and not what they’re doing now. So here’s my solution. Rollins plays 4 days, Galvis plays 3 at SS. If either want more playing time, let them earn it.

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    I just don’t understand why Jimmy can’t be like other professional players and beat his wife or murder dogs or get drunk and scream antisSemitic comments or threaten witnesses to his drug abuse or murder a few people in a bar or drag his girlfriend around hotel lobbies by her hair.
    But not Jimmy. All he cares about is winning and staying in Philadelphia.
    Pervert.

     
    • Posts: 835 schmenkman

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      The nerve. Trade him now!

       
    • Posts: 0 George

      This one made my day! Sarcasm at its best!

       
    • Posts: 0 A

      He probably does.

       
    • Posts: 151 photoFred

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      Exactly. We’ll said.

       
      • Posts: 151 photoFred

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        WELL said. (Thank you spell mangler.)

         
    • Posts: 0 Ryan

      Nailed it

       
    • Posts: 5160 Lefty

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      Nice one!

       
  • Posts: 0 Freddie Galvis mom

    You guys just don’t get it.

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      Which guys, the ones who want Rollins gone, or those who don’t? And what is it, exactly, that whichever of those two don’t get?

      Maybe since you Galvis’ mom, you have a problem communicating in something other than Spanish.

       
      • Posts: 0 Freddie Galvis mom's translator

        I think what she’s trying to say is this:

        Ustedes de Rollins no importa lo que él hace. ¡Gracias a dios que tiene 6 personas de Phillies Nación para que le apoyen.

         
  • Posts: 530 Bruce

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    A typical rumor that has no identifiable sources relating to (again) unnamed members of the Phillies organization. I look at it as garbage that one would find in a rag sheet. Ruben Amaro has a right to be upset and so do Rollins. As Amaro commented..”“It’s absolutely silly, It’s absolute silliness. Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,”

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      And to your point, the author of this printed rumor is none other than Buster Olney, the same sports gossip guy who had Hamels, Lee and Brown all traded away at the end of the 2013 season. Now he’s added Jimmy by exaggerating what appears to be a minor incident between a manager and a player… and if only based on his reaction, I tend to believe Ruben on this matter.

      They say if you give a chimp a typewriter and enough paper and time (millennia) he’ll eventually and accidentally rewrite Hamlet. Well, eventually, Olney may be proven correct on all of his predictions but he’ll probably need more time than the chimp.

       
      • Posts: 0 Tom M

        Amen! Let’s put all this (made-up?) drama behind us and look forward to the baseball season. I’m sure there will be a lot of other things to get worked up about.

         
      • Posts: 151 photoFred

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        Agreed, but I’m keeping one eye on Ryno.

         
      • Posts: 0 Jebidiah Atkinson

        First, reporting that a player is available on the trade market is completely different from saying that he’ll absolutely be traded.

        Second, the Rollins rumor didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Someone from the Phillies hierarchy floated the rumor for whatever reason they thought justified it. In case you haven’t noticed, the Phillies front office doesn’t operate in conventional ways. Whether you like a particular writer or not, it’s really a stretch to suggest that they just make rumors up out of thin air. They wouldn’t last long if they did.

        This “controversy” was created by Phillies management. It’s no wonder that ESPN has rated the Phillies as having the worst management in the game.

        http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20140319_Don_t_make_Rollins_the_fall_guy.html

         
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        You’re right wbramh. I’ll take it one step further . Olney is a douche bag! He makes this crap up and we swallow hook line and sinker. He’ll throw 100 rumors out there and if just one is right, he probably gets sexually excited. I’m not a big Rollins fan. But he’s here, he isn’t going anywhere and lets go Phillies! I want him to make me eat crow big time. This is the last thing I’ll say anything about Rollins being here or not being here. Next subject please.

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Jebidiah –

        Re: “First, reporting that a player is available on the trade market is completely different from saying that he’ll absolutely be traded”

        Obviously, no team is going to say they’re trading a player unless they have a firm trading partner and the deal is approved by both teams and MLB, therefore, Olney can only be reporting done deals or speculating on deals based. If he’s speculating, either his sources are reliable or not. Actually there’s a third possibility – Olney could have nothing and choose instead to overexercise his own vivid imagination. Considering the fact that there were no reported serious suitors, even for a minute, for Lee or Hamels or Brown should at least raise a flag or two or three. Or perhaps Olney is an Eskin fan and thrives on retweeting Eskin’s silly tweets.

        Re: “This “controversy” was created by Phillies management. It’s no wonder that ESPN has rated the Phillies as having the worst management in the game.”

        I have no inside information to prove Olney’s story wasn’t manufactured by the Phillies. Do you have any inside information to prove it was manufactured by the Phillies? As for how ESPN or you or I would rate the Phillies front office, and I suspect our gradings are similar, I don’t don’t think that would even pass as circumstantial evidence in this situation.

         
  • Posts: 2990 Chuck A.

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    So how many texts do you think Jimmy and Charlie have passed back and forth about all of this?

     
  • Posts: 4 poconosms1

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    Personally, if his attitude is effecting the team, i’d ship him up to the Pigs.

    I don’t understand what his earlier years stats have to do with last year. Give him a until June 1st. If his numbers aren’t major league worthy, ship him to the pigs.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Jimmy’s numbers, even in a bad year like 2013 were still “major league worthy.”
      While he may no longer perform at superhuman levels he was a good enough short stop last year to remain in the middle of the pack or better in most important departments. Additionally, there is no SS currently in the organization who can outperform him.
      So the team can ship him off to Lehigh Valley but the Pigs will get a major league short stop and the Phillies will have to settle for a triple A backup to Galvis in return – and Galvis is currently not much more than a triple A backup himself.
      Perhaps Jimmy’s numbers will drop again this year and that’s a concern of mine, too, but until and if that happens, he’ll remain the preferred choice over Galvis… or any other marginal infielder in the system.

      You can bet management won’t dump Jimmy out of pure spite or anger (if those emotions even exist). That’s pretty rare and almost exclusively reserved for an Alex Rodriguez level douche bag and I think we can all agree that Jimmy is no Rodriguez. Having a big mouth alone is not cause for shipping a star, or even a competent ballplayer, off to Siberia.

       
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Im not sure he was ever “superhuman”, but a couple of really good years offensively, more valuable defensively without a doubt..some perspective Jeter lifetime BA .312 Jimmy .269

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        G7 – Certainly fair to question my application of the term “superhuman” in regard to Rollins in a World that contains Derek Jeter. Perhaps we can agree to raise Derek to a “Demigod” in order to distinguish between the two players – may “god” would be more accurate.

        No short stop matches Jeter in his era but Jimmy was a league MVP, a 3-time gold glover and owns a better offensive set of numbers than HOFers Aparicio, Smith and Rizzuto. Certainly Louis and Ozzie are defensively in that rarified air shared only with Vizquel (with Jeter not far behind). But Jimmy will deserve to be in the HOF and he’s hands down the best short stop this franchise has ever seen. He was so good that even in his worst year he was better than half the starting short stops in baseball and here’s no one better with which to replace him. So again, my larger point is why even think about it?

         
  • Posts: 0 Rob S

    Easy solution- Release him.That will shut him up

     
    • Posts: 835 schmenkman

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      So downgrade at shortstop, pi$$ all over one of your franchise’s all-time greats, and still pay the guaranteed $11 million. Why didn’t anybody else think of that?

       
    • Posts: 835 schmenkman

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      Just curious though — why would you want to shut him up?

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Maybe Jimmy sings off key.

         
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    What an embarrassing mess.

    Rube the moron was bidding against himself for his services.
    No trade? How about do not resign to begin with?

    2014 begins with Rollins and Howard being asked to be key contributors?

    Neither of whom drafted in a 12 team fantasy league.

    Ruben, Jimmy and Ryan.

    Lead us to the promised land.

    If it wasn’t so sad it would be funny.

    You are in a league without a salary cap and these are your guys.

    Ruben still getting paid.

    Pathetic.

     
 
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