It seems every day the chances of the Phillies trading Jimmy Rollins at the trade-deadline get less and less likely. The biggest obstacle in the mind of many is the fact that unless Rollins gets hurt, he will reach the 500 plate appearances that are necessary to vest his $11 million option for the 2015 season. But, if the Phillies want to move Rollins and try to create a new culture in the clubhouse, they could agree to pick up a portion of Rollins’ 2015 salary. The Phillies have control of that aspect of any potential Rollins trade scenario.
What they don’t have control over is the fact that Jimmy Rollins’ ten and five rights allow him to veto any potential trade that the Phillies would agree to.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark said this on his show yesterday evening, when speaking on the chances of Rollins waiving his no-trade clause.
Jimmy Rollins-Like Utley, Stark thinks that Rollins may only be open to a trade to the west-coast. The problem? Stark believes that the Mariners are the only team of the left coast that would have any interest in Rollins, and doesn’t expect Rollins to waive his ten and five rights to join a team that currently leads the second wild-card, but isn’t considered a World Series favorite.
In his latest Full Count video, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggests that some of Jimmy Rollins friends think there is no chance that Rollins waives his no-trade clause to go to any west-coast teams, or to leave Philadelphia at all.