CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers have a problem at shortstop as Jose Iglesias could be sidelined for months with shin problems.
The Tigers are a team with World Series aspirations. They need strength at the shortstop position and there’s talk they could pursue free agent Stephen Drew.
Iglesias’ condition was a topic of conversation among some scouts who checked in on the Phillies on Sunday. Specifically, they wondered whether the Tigers might call on Jimmy Rollins, whose name has come up in trade rumors for months.
If the Tigers call the Phillies, the conversation won’t last long. As a veteran of 10 years in the major leagues and five with the same club, Rollins has full no-trade rights. He reiterated Sunday that he would not waive his no-trade rights any time soon.
With 2,175 career hits, Rollins is 60 shy of overtaking Mike Schmidt as the Phillies’ all-time leader.
He can’t get that record in another team’s uniform.
“There’s only 30 guys that are their team’s leader in hits,” Rollins said Sunday. “It’s a pretty high honor.”
The Phillies would be open to moving Rollins because they have Freddy Galvis.
Rollins, 35, is owed $11 million this season and his contract will become guaranteed for another $11 million in 2015 if he reaches 434 plate appearances this season.
Rollins was asked if he envisioned a scenario where he’d OK a trade after becoming the Phils’ all-time hits leader.
“I don’t know,” he said. “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.”
After making long trips to Bradenton and Fort Myers the previous two days, Rollins did not play Sunday in Clearwater. He left the dugout, as is permitted, after the fifth inning, but spent the remainder of game taking extra swings in the batting cage.
Rollins is now completely recovered from a stomach bug that slowed him earlier this month.
“My energy is where it was before the stomach thing,” he said. “I’m happy with that."