Jimmy Rollins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996, played his entire career with the Phillies, won an MVP and a World Series with the Phillies. But there is strong sentiment within the organization right now that the Phillies would be better off trading him and establishing a new tone with a new shortstop, according to sources. There is one major hurdle -- perhaps insurmountable -- to any potential deal, of course. Rollins has the right to veto all and any trade proposals, and he intends to stay. Rollins told CSN Philly Sunday that he won't waive his no-trade rights any time soon, indicating that he'd like to break Mike Schmidt's franchise record for hits. Rollins has 2,175 hits, 60 shy of Schmidt. Rollins was benched on three successive days last week by Ryne Sandberg, who is entering his first full season as the Phillies manager. The two talked and Sandberg downplayed the notion of a rift. "[He's] an important part of the team. He's got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into spring training in very good shape every year, and he has again this year," Sandberg told MLB.com. "He's got his playing time and at-bats coming up. It's also a long season playing up the middle, so with him and Chase [Utley], I'm careful with their days. I know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over 150 games a year. It's the time of the spring right now where he'll have some time down the stretch."
Phils want Rollins to lead or leave
ESPN | Mar 18