Despite suggesting that if the Phillies ‘blew things up’ he’d consider waiving his no-trade clause, I don’t think anyone was under the assumption that Jimmy Rollins was a lock to waive his no-trade clause in the scenario that the Phillies found a trade-partner for the team’s all-time hits leader.
Speaking to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Rollins didn’t give off the impression that he is going anywhere.
“I’m not going to volunteer to go anywhere,” Rollins says. “Even if somewhere else was the perfect spot, this is what I know. You weigh that against the instant gratification of winning right now. You leave, and there’s no guarantee you’re going to win anyways. You pack up to leave for a different organization, a different city, and it feels temporary.
“I can tell you that I have never honestly thought about waiving my no-trade clause.”
Naturally, after a road-trip that saw the Phillies take five of seven, Rollins is re-energized. He talked about the possibility of the Phillies buying at the deadline, rather than selling, and how seeing the Spurs won their fifth title, seven years after winning their previous one. I’m sure somehow that has a connection to the Phillies, I’m just struggling to grasp it.
As for his chances of actually getting moved, his $11 million option for next year made it unlikely that he was going to be moved in the first place. I think we might be overrating the fact that Rollins’ wife is from Philly, and not looking enough at the fact that he himself seems to view Philly as home at this point.