Hot Stove: Will Phillies part with Jimmy Rollins?

Hot Stove: Will Phillies part with Jimmy Rollins?

January 12, 2014, 3:15 pm
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The Phillies' veteran core of infielders is intact. Chase Utley isn't going anywhere. Neither is Ryan Howard.

And despite sporadic talk about his availability -- there was a report last month reminding everyone the Phils were willing to move him -- Jimmy Rollins almost certainly is staying put too. 

"I don't see Jimmy going anywhere right now," Comcast SportsNet Phillies analyst Ricky Bottalico said Saturday on Phillies Hot Stove. "Here's the thing with the Phillies right now, I think they have a duffle bag, it's open. If you want to come in and pick and choose and you get the right deals back, I think the Phillies would do something with just about anybody on the roster right now.

"I don't believe anybody is untouchable on the roster. I think that's a farce. I think the Phillies are one of those teams that if they get something in return, they're going to go for it."

Rollins has been on the market for a while.

"Jimmy's been available since July of 2012," Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury said. "He's got a full no-trade clause with 10-and-5 rights. He doesn't want to go anywhere, he's a lifelong Phillie. He likes it here, his wife is from here, and he's approaching a significant milestone.

"And it should come probably around the All-Star break. With 60 hits, he'll become this franchise's all-time leader in hits surpassing Mike Schmidt. And I think he really wants that."

Who's the Phils' shortstop of the future? It might be J.P. Crawford, whom the Phillies selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft. The 19-year-old will open next season playing for Lakewood (low-single A).

"I had a scout friend of mine say to me, 'This is one of those classic Phillies picks, a great athlete, but he can play baseball,'" Salisbury said. "He can kind of mix as both, an athlete and a baseball player. I think he can be a fast bloomer."

Which current Phillie could Crawford's path to the majors follow?

"Maybe similar to Jimmy Rollins, one step per year and eventually become their starting shortstop," Salisbury said.