The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies, filling the void left by former Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The Philadelphia Phillies are in total rebuilding mode and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said no one is untouchable. The exact return for the Phillies has not yet been announced, but MLB Network Insider Joel Sherman believes it will be two young pitchers.
The 36-year-old Jimmy Rollins is entering the final season of his contract and will make $15 million as the Dodgers shortstop next season. Rollins has played his entire 15-year career with the Phillies, making three All-Star games and winning the 2007 National League MVP. He is the Phillies' all-time hit leader.
Rollins was still extremely productive in 2014, with 17 home runs, 28 stolen bases, and a 3.6 fWAR. The Mets inquired about a trade for Rollins, but he ultimately refused to waive his no-trade clause to play for the Mets. Rollins is expected to bridge the gap to the Dodgers' future franchise shortstop, uber-prospect Corey Seager, the 20-year-old brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. Corey Seager hit .349 with 20 homers and 97 RBI in the minor leagues last season.