DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins says that he is not bothered by an ESPN.com report that says there are some in the organization who want him to be a better leader through his work habits and if not so, the sentiment of some is that the team would be better off moving him as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. angrily denounced the report
Speaking after leaving Bright House Networks field following morning batting practice before this afternoon's game in Dunedin against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rollins said he had heard about the report.
“I have a whole bunch of friends who are calling me or emailing me and asking what is going on,” he said.
Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, was relaxed when discussing the matter and didn’t seem irritated for one simple reason.
“Because they can’t trade me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care which way it has tried to be twisted or said, if it is exactly how it was said or if it was said, I can’t be traded.”
Amaro showed much greater anger when addressing the issues.
“It’s absolutely silly, It’s absolute silliness. Jimmy Rollins is our shortstop,” Amaro said. “One of the ways we’re going to be able to win is with Jimmy being Jimmy. In fact, those are the kinds of articles that get thrown out there, not only are they a distraction, they’re dangerous and they’re untrue.”