Moving forward with an aging core that is on a steep decline isn't optimal which is why it makes sense that ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting the Phillies have made it clear to other teams that they are "very willing to move Jimmy Rollins."
There is caveat is ROllins has a full no-trade clause and has made it clear that he wants to become the Phillies leader in the record books. Back in July Rollins was quoted as saying, "There are still a couple things I would like to be number one on the lists of in this organization so until those things are done, I'm not going anywhere."
The 35-year-old shortstop is very close to a number of records. He is currently fourth all-time among Phillies with 2,175 hits, 39 hits behind third place Ed Delahanty and 59 hits behind leader Mike Schmidt. He is the Phillies all-time leader in doubles at 457, second in games played at 1,952 - 452 behind Schmidt, and third in runs scored with 1,247 - 259 behind Schmidt for the all-time lead.
Rollins is coming off of a down year in 2013 where he hit just six home runs and drove in 39 RBIs in 160 games while batting .252/.318/.348. It was the lowest home run and RBI total of any of his 13 seasons in the majors.
I don't foresee any scenario in which Rollins approves a trade. He is staying here for the duration of his contract which is guaranteed through this season with an $11 million vesting option for 2015.
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