The Phillies have been busy this evening and early morning putting one franchise cornerstone on revocable waivers and picking up what they hope to be another cornerstone on the international market. First Jimmy Rollins. Rollins has been placed on and has passed through revocable waivers unclaimed. As you will probably remember from Liz's post on Young's being put through waivers there was never any risk that Rollins would be swept away from the team: even if claimed the Phillies could have pulled him back worked out a deal or let him go. Options abound. Now however they have even more flexibility as they can trade their longtime shortstop and soothsayer to any team. That said two things to keep in mind: first Rollins has full 10 and 5 rights and can veto any trade. This is his right as a long-tenured player both in terms of the league (10+ years) and with the Phillies (5+ years) and thus far Rollins has expressed an inclination to exercise those rights and block any trade that would take him from Philadelphia. Before you get on Rollins for selfishly holding back the Phillies' rebuild -- I can only imagine what talk radio has done/will do with his earlier comments that he was staying around to rise on team leaderboards -- it's important to remember the second thing: the Phillies probably weren't going to trade him anyway. Yes Rollins seems to be in steep decline and yes the Phillies have Freddy Galvis in the wings ostensibly ready to take over but it is not at all clear that they are confident or willing to give Galvis a full time job. And that's not unreasonable as even in decline Rollins has been worth ~1.3 WAR/162 games this year (1.0 fWAR so far) and that's not a skillset you trade away for peanuts. Yes he's getting paid a bit in upcoming years but don't be surprised if a trade rumor doesn't even surface. Everyone's put on waivers this time of the year (remember Cliff Lee last year?) and it would be surprising if anyone offered the Phillies enough to justify parting with a team icon and a decent shortstop in Rollins. Sturm und drang friends -- it's considered news but in a similar way as Spam is considered food.
Phillies Rollins on Waivers; sign 3B Luis Encarnacion
The Good Phight | Aug 10