The Phillies seem to be unhappy with longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Look no further than manager Ryne Sandberg answering "no comment" when asked if Rollins was a positive influence. There appears to be bad blood brewing between Rollins and new manager Ryne Sandberg.
Today ESPN's Buster Olney reports there is a "strong sentiment" in the Phillies organization "the team would be better off trading Jimmy Rollins ASAP." The Phillies were reportedly "very willing to move" Jimmy Rollins back in December but all moves would have to be approved by the Gold Glove shortstop thanks to his 10-5 rights provided by the collective bargaining agreement.
This situation seems to be in Rollins hands at the moment. He controls his own destiny as the team cannot trade him at all without his approval. The All-Star has done something to upset Sandberg and others in the organization but what that is remains to be seen.
All I can say is this battle appears to be taking place in public and, in particularly, through the media which is not a good thing for either side as it paints a dark picture of the current state of the franchise.
Rollins, 35, batted .252/.318/.348 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 160 games last season for the Phillies. The six home runs and 39 RBIs were the fewest for the former-MVP in any full season. Yes, lower than the eight home runs and 41 RBIs he has in 88 games in 2010.
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