The fireworks have stopped and the champagne glasses have been put away. Jimmy Rollins has overtaken Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as the Phillies’ all-time leader with 2,235 hits. Now, the question that has quietly lingered in the background becomes louder. How much longer will Rollins be a Phillie? Would the 35-year-old shortstop waive his full no-trade rights if the team asked him to? Rollins’ name has been floated about in trade talks each of the last two summers, and both times he pre-emptively said there was no way he’d waive his no-trade rights. He said he liked playing in Philadelphia, said he wanted to play his whole career in the city, and admitted there were personal goals he wanted to reach with the Phillies. One of those goals was the team’s all-time hits record, which he set Saturday. In spring training this year, when his name popped up again in trade speculation, Rollins admitted the hits record was important to him and he re-stated his stance that he would not give up his no-trade rights. But Rollins left the door cracked a little bit when asked whether he might rethink his stance once he broke the record. “I don’t know,” Rollins told CSNPhilly.com that day in March. “If we’re in absolutely last place with nowhere to go and change is obviously on the horizon, then at that point I’d think about it. But anything short of a complete disaster, I’m wearing red and white pinstripes.” The Phillies have been languishing at or near the bottom of the NL East standings most of the season and have been above .500 for just five days since last year’s all-star break. They’d be dead and buried in the standings if the NL East weren’t such a flawed division with no team really establishing itself yet. After Saturday’s win over the Cubs, the Phils would be no more than 6½ games back in the division at day’s end.
Record set, Rollins softens stance on potential trade
CSN Philly | Jun 15