Asked to comment about an ESPN story claiming there was "strong sentiment" within the Phillies organization that they'd be better off without him, Rollins said via MLB.com that it didn't matter even if it were true.
“Because I can’t be traded,” he said before leaving for Dunedin, Fla., to play the Blue Jays. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it is tried to be twisted or said, or if it is exactly how it was said, or even if it was said, I can’t be traded. It doesn’t matter. If I was tradable it may have weight because that means I could be moving soon. But I am not tradable and so it doesn’t matter.”
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro pooh-poohed the notion of dealing Rollins, who has a no-trade clause via the 10-and-5 rule — 10 seasons in the majors and five with the same club. Rollins could be traded if he waived his rights, but he has said repeatedly that he won't. Of course, his point of view might change in the future, but it won't today.
Rollins has had a rough spring, also clashing with manager Ryne Sandberg over, it's believed, Rollins not hustling enough. He was benched for three games as a result, with Sandberg gushing over the "energy" shown by reserve Freddy Galvis.
Rollins is 35 years old and, though he's missed a total of eight games the past two seasons, had perhaps his worst offensive production in 2013, batting .252/.318/.348. He's signed through 2014 with a vesting option for 2015.
As long as Rollins doesn't waive his no-trade clause, he's staying in Philly. As long as he's healthy and is making Sandberg happy, he'll play. Just like each of the past 14 seasons.
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