Amaro shoots down Rollins trade report, calls it silly

Amaro shoots down Rollins trade report, calls it silly
March 19, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Jimmy Rollins is in the final guaranteed year of a three-year, $33 million contract with the Phillies, but has an $11 million vesting option for 2015. (AP)

Update: 4:45 p.m.

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down an ESPN report that said there was sentiment in the organization to trade Jimmy Rollins and “establish a new tone with a new shortstop.”

“All of that is silliness,” Amaro said as he watched his team, including Rollins, play the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

“It’s an unnecessary distraction. Jimmy is our shortstop.”

Rollins has been mentioned in trade rumors for over a year. He remains unfazed by them because he has full no-trade rights thanks to his having 10 years in the majors and five with the same team. Chase Utley is also a 10-and-5 guy.

As recently as Sunday, Rollins reiterated his stance that he will not waive his no-trade rights any time soon (see story). The 35-year-old shortstop is 60 hits shy of Mike Schmidt’s franchise hits record and he wants that record before he even considers waiving his no-trade rights. Earlier in camp, Rollins also cited a team goal for his wanting to stay with the Phillies.

“I’m not planning on waiving my no-trade clause,” he said. “My plan is to bring a championship back [to Philadelphia], to be honest.”

After Wednesday's game, Rollins said the ESPN report did not bother him.

Manager Ryne Sandberg called the matter “a non-issue” and said it was not a distraction to the club.