Per another report from CBS Sports, this one from Danny Knobler, the Dodgers have a long list of players they’re interested in. One of them? Jimmy Rollins, who just signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Phillies (with option for an attainable fourth year): [CBS Sports]
Rollins is part of a long list of players the Dodgers are looking at, as they try to trade for both a hitter and a starting pitcher in an effort to keep pace with the Giants in the National League West. But he may be the most intriguing.
While Rollins has been a big disappointment with the Phillies this year, he could be a help to a Dodger team that lost shortstop Dee Gordon to the disabled list. Since Gordon went down with a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Dodgers have played Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe at short.
Despite the unsettling nature of the Phillies being sellers talk, the possibility of the Phils ridding themselves of Rollins' contract now looks to be a huge win. An aging, overpaid shortstop has no place on a rebuilding team, if that's the direction the Phils choose to go.
Knobler notes that Rollins and Shane Victorino are more realistic targets than Cole Hamels for the Dodgers, since they don’t have the prospects to land the latter through a trade and will just have to wait until free agency. Knobler also mentions Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes’ love for J-Roll™, who, himself, mentioned his love for SoCal on Twitter today:
Everytime we go to Cali I fell like I'm home….even though us Nor Cal peeps think SoCal should be a different state, lol! All Cali love tho
— Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11) July 15, 2012
Lovely. A perfect match. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be shredding my 2008 World Series poster into a pile of tears.