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Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Jimmy Rollins

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Recap

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a deal that sends shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly and Buster Olney.

The rest of the details have not been released, but Rollins had to waive a full no-trade clause for this deal to get done.

This may mean that Dee Gordon will soon be on his way out of L.A.


Our Take

Rollins has spent the last 14 seasons as the starter for the Phillies and now will look to help the middle infield of the Dodgers.

With Hanley gone and Gordon potentially out next, Rollins will be thrusted into a big time role for a Dodgers team that is hoping to challenge for the World Series.

As a Phillies fan there are so many good memories of Jimmy Rollins. His team to beat statement in 2007. Backing up his statement with a 20 double, 20 triple, 20 home run, 20 steal MVP season. A 2008 World Series championship. A walk off game winning triple in the 2009 NLCS. 102 win season in 2011. Rollins was a key cog in the golden era of Phillies baseball from 2007-2011. He is the franchise’s all time hits leader and unquestionably the best short stop in franchise history. He will be missed. Best of luck in Los Angeles.

Although I’ve been calling for my Phillies to break up their aging nucleus for a couple years now, it’s bittersweet to see a lifetime Phillie like Rollins on his way out.

J-Roll loves Philadelphia, but he’ll have a chance to win another World Series ring in LA, something he wasn’t going to sniff with the Phillies. I wish him nothing but the best.

The moves always the Dodgers to bring in a veteran SS to hold down the fort for a year before bringing up Corey Seager, and the Phillies can work on getting their SS of the future, JP Crawford, to the big leagues while adding some pitching depth to their system.

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