Dodgers Interested In Jimmy Rollins

A baseball executive recently suggested that Jimmy Rollins' contract would be a deterrent if the Phillies were to move him, but they may have one suitor. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports writes that the Dodgers are looking to upgrade at shortstop, and have some interest in Rollins.

Dodgers shortstops this season have combined to hit a ghastly .227/.284/.302. Dee Gordon has seen the lion's share of the time at the position, and while his 30 steals lead the National League, he's managed an OPS+ of just 56 and is now on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his thumb.

Rollins is batting .261/.315/.414, but that includes a slow start to the season. Since May 29, Rollins has picked up the pace in grand fashion, totaling a .304/.354/.571 triple slash line, belting seven homers along the way. Ultimate Zone Rating suggests that the 33-year-old's defense is exactly on par with his career rate of +5.1 runs per 150 games.

The biggest red flag with Rollins is, of course, the aforementioned three-year contract he signed this offseason. The Phillies guaranteed Rollins $33MM through his age-35 season, and the contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year at another $11MM. That option is said to be easily attainable for Rollins, and is contingent on plate appearances. As Knobler points out on Twitter, Rollins also has 10-and-5 rights, which give him the ability to veto any potential trade.

The Dodgers have also been linked to both Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels recently, as they look to upgrade both their offense and their rotation prior to the trade deadline.


Leave a Reply

95 Comments on "Dodgers Interested In Jimmy Rollins"


Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

The Phillies would be silly to trade Rollins given their complete lack of an internal replacement.  They want to compete in the next few years and Rollins is still a solid SS.

No, Freddy Galvis is not the future. (as I’m sure someone will quickly correct me with that).

Member
frank_costanza
2 years 11 months ago

I will correct you. The kid played exceptionally well.

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

and he’s really only going to get better as he matures offensively and masters his approach (sort of like Carlos Ruiz).

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 There is zero reason to expect him to drastically improve his BB% based on his minor league numbers and limited MLB numbers.  He needs to pretty much more than double his walk rate if he’s going to stick…even as a glove-first defensive player.  You cant have a starter with a .254 OBP.

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

If he could get to around .300 I’ll be fine. His numbers are very comparable to Omar Vizquel at 22.

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 I agree…but its a big if.  Vizquel is the exception to the rule unfortunately.

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 For a replacement with zero expectations…yeah, he did.  As a starter on a team that has playoff aspirations?  Get real.  A .617 OPS isnt going to get it done even out of the 8 hole.

Member
dylanp5030
2 years 11 months ago

I didn’t realize the first 200 MLB level at bats were the Tell All of how a player is going to do in the rest of his career.

In that case, Bryce Harper is nothing but a .270 hitter that will hit about 15 HRs and a .340 OBP. He’s an average player.

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 The comment was directed towards the person who said he did “exceptionally well”.  That is not the case.  Did he do okay for a 22 year old with almost no experience above AA?  Yeah, sure but he’s never profiled as a starting SS at the MLB level.

He is more of a John McDonald type that might, MIGHT turn into Adam Everett if everything falls into place. 

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

If a .254 OBP is “exceptionally well”, you must be leading the Jimmy Rollins Hall of Fame campaign.

Galvis looks pretty much like a future utility player thus far.

Member
frank_costanza
2 years 11 months ago

numbers only tell half of the story.

He was the phillies leading hitter with RISP, thats a good number. He had the best at-bats on the team, too. 

I saw the potential at the plate from his discipline. He never strikes out, makes solid contact and has more pop than you’d think. He is only 22-years-old. 

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 RISP numbers….Small Sample Size

Also, he never strikes out because he makes tons of weak contact which leads to a ton of easy outs.  That’s not exactly a good sign for plate discipline.  Throw in his minor league BB% and you get a guy that will swing and make contact a lot but it is usually poor contact.

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

Galvis isn’t much of a step down…

Member
BusterMaloney
2 years 11 months ago

 Umm yea he actually is.  Ignoring the PED suspension, Galvis only managed a .254 OBP, a 65 OPS+.  He is for the most part overmatched offensively. As exceptional as he can be on defense, it is not enough to make up for his bat.

Rollins is so far this year a 96 OPS+ and improving.  He is still a Top 10 SS in baseball and his glove is still Top 5 for the position. 

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

He wasn’t on PEDs.

Freddy Galvis also started and finished his season terribly.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

“Freddy Galvis also started and finished his season terribly.”

He only played in 60 games. If he started AND finished poorly, where were the good parts?

Member
tomymogo
2 years 11 months ago

Steroids and he wasn’t exactly great at the plate, maybe defensively….Anyway if he is traded to the Dodgers, I’d ask for Dee Gordon and let him develop

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

no way dodgers give up dee for an older rollins + bad contract

Member
Beyond_Max_Power
2 years 11 months ago

The Rollins contract is a nightmare.  If they could get out of it without eating too much I would be all about it.  Just one more terrible contract that Amaro has under his watch.  I didn’t want him back at the price they paid him and at no more than two years (2 for $20M would have been very fair).  The 4 year deal (it really is) given to him at such ridiculous money is just sickening.  

Member
dylanp5030
2 years 11 months ago

Really? How is his contract bad? Even at 4 years? Yes, he’ll be 36, but he could be an adequate 3B at that time. In fact, if I’m the Phillies and they can’t get a 3B prospect, that’s exactly what he is next year, a 3B.

Member
Beyond_Max_Power
2 years 11 months ago

He isn’t going to move to 3rd, you know it, I know it, and most importantly, his stubborn @ss will not move there.  Just like he won’t move out of the one hole.  he is a terrible leadoff hitter who hasn’t had a good year since 2008.  Please explain how he deserves the money he got, and he is going to get WORSE, not better

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 Its actually pretty much the only contract that Rube has offered that isnt a nightmare.  Now, had you said “Howard, Lee, Polanco, Papelbon”, I would agree with you.

Member
dylanp5030
2 years 11 months ago

Halladay was a good contract as well.

Member
nepp
2 years 11 months ago

 Yes, it was and still is despite the time missed. 

Member
Beyond_Max_Power
2 years 11 months ago

Phillies had Halladay by the jewels.  He wanted to be on a potential winner and wanted to be closer to his family in the spring.  Funny how the Phillies happen to play 5 minutes from his Florida home in Clearwater, FL.  Halladay didn’t have a lot of room for demanding anything.  It was pretty much the Phillies or staying in Toronto.  

It was a great contract, but Rubes doesn’t deserve all the credit.  Halladay took below market value to get what he wanted.  Thank you Roy.

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

I think most people would’ve signed Cliff Lee for 5 years $120 million guaranteed. 

Member
1980CHAMPS
2 years 11 months ago

Polanco’s deal was for 3 years and 6 million each season.  Hardly a nightmare. 

Member
Beyond_Max_Power
2 years 11 months ago

Is he still on the team sucking?  Yep, and he did all of last year as well.  I don’t care what they pay him, he sucks and is still on the field.  

Member
melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

He’s a well above average defender, plays arguably (could make a case for catcher as well) the most premium position in baseball, and hits decently. Yes, a .700 OPS for a plus defensive shortstop is pretty much average.

Rollins is essentially making fair market value.

Member
Beyond_Max_Power
2 years 11 months ago

He is a leadoff hitter with a pathetic OBP.  Look at his stats and tell me he is worth it.  If you want D you can get it a lot cheaper.  Putting the Rollins money towards a real hitter at 3rd or wherever else would be money better spent

Member
1980CHAMPS
2 years 11 months ago

Galvis just turned 22.  I think its too early to judge just yet.  While his obp was terrible he was clutch and leading rookies in extra base hits in the first half.

Member
bigpat
2 years 11 months ago

Uribe for Rollins, each team assumes the other’s salaries.

Won’t happen because Uribe is useless but just saying. 

Member
johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

 I was going to say the Phillies should move Rollins at all costs, then had to see how brutal Uribe’s contract actually was…

You know?? This is a tossup.. Pay around 12m in dead weight (literally) for uribe for this and next year, or assume 28m in guaranteed money to Rollins, make sure he doesn’t get the AB for the option and count on his solid defense and now lethargic bat to make up for his horrid deal??

Tossup.. I think LA can do better getting Boston to pay Punto off if they just want a solid glove that can’t hit any longer (joke)

There has to be a better SS option than Rollins.. Talk to Houston about Lowrie LA…

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

 Lowrie got hurt Saturday.  He’s on the DL with a sprained ankle and injured knee(peroneal nerve).

Member
johnsilver
2 years 11 months ago

That is awful, but kind of figures. he was a walking injury prior to this season. Injury/illness etc.. Always seemed to kind of attract some weird malady, or such. Like the fracture in his wrist that lasted over a season, then contracted mono..

Hopefully he gets back ASAP, always liked him as a player.

Edit:

Thanks for the update on the injury :-)

Member
thenubigbaddblue
2 years 11 months ago

Hm…..dont think its gonna happen. would rather wait and try to get Hamels, not help them free up money to keep him……Pretty sure we are not giving up on Dee either.

Member
coach_coryell
2 years 11 months ago

BS

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Nepp it would free up added payroll to re-sign Hamels and a make a splash in the free agent market this coming offseason.  I wouldnt mind seeing Dee Gordon in red pinstripes.

Member
stl_cards16
2 years 11 months ago

Are you suggesting Rollins for Gordon?

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Dodgers will not trade Dee Gordon they want Rollins because Gordon is injured

Member
Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t think we’d want him anyway. He wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire this year.

Member
carlos
2 years 11 months ago

for them to trade Gordon back the Phillies would have to assume 80% of the contract