Jimmy Rollins appears to be in a competition to retain his starting shortstop position in Philadelphia.
Even if Rollins does win back his job, it appears his relationship with Ryne Sandberg is a tad strained. And we haven’t even gotten to opening day yet.
Meanwhile, over in Detroit, it just so happens that the Tigers are in a bad way at shortstop after losing Jose Iglesias to apparent stress fractures in both shins.
Put two and two together here and it’s easy to see a trade scenario materializing.
Only problem, Jimmy Rollins has a full no-trade clause as a 5-and-10 man. And he has made it clear he’s not waiving the clause to facilitate a trade.
As of right now.
Ask Jimmy again later in the season and his head might be in a different place.
“I don’t know,” Rollins said when asked if he could envision ever waiving his no-trade (per Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com). “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.”
Jimmy Rollins is ready to stick it out in Philadelphia, come anything short of hell or high water.
Get back to him if you notice either the temperature or the water level beginning to rise.
Oh Phillies, we are going to enjoy you this year.