It had been reported earlier in the day that Jimmy Rollins was willing to waive his no-trade clause if dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. That report became a reality this afternoon as Jim Salisbury of CSN reported that the Phillies had made their first significant move of the 2015 offseason, dealing theformer all-star to the Dodgers.
The return? As reported on 97.5 the Fanatic by ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies rumored return is Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect Zach Lee. Lee, the 23-year-old right-hander, is a former first-round pick back in 2010 out of McKinney High School in McKinney, TX. Lee struggled in 2014 with AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. In 27 starts, Lee pitched to a 7-13 record with a 5.38 ERA and 97 strikouts in 150 2/3 innings pitched. Despite the down year, Lee still ranked as the #6 prospect in a very deep Dodgers farm system on MLB.com’s Top 20 list following the 2014 season. For the Phillies, Lee would figure to have a chance to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training, but may mostly likely be destined to start 2015 in AAA Lehigh Valley.
Rollins departs Philadelphia after 15 seasons as the club’s all-time leader in hits with 2,306, doubles, and at-bats. Rollins was the 2007 National League MVP, but most notably, Rollins was part of the 2008 World Series championship team.