Inbox: When will Rollins trade officially happen?

Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki answers questions from fans

Inbox: When will Rollins trade officially happen?

When is Jimmy Rollins going to be traded?
-- Tyler T., Las Vegas

It is only a matter of time. The holdup is the Padres-Dodgers trade, which has Matt Kemp and millions of dollars headed to San Diego. One of the prospects the Dodgers will receive from the Padres will be flipped to the Phillies, but Kemp has to take his physical first. Once that happens -- assuming he checks out OK -- the trade will be announced, and one of the most influential players in Phillies and Philadelphia sports history will be headed to Los Angeles. Expect that to happen this week. The Phillies are getting two Minor League pitchers in return: right-hander Zach Eflin (currently with the Padres) and left-hander Tom Windle (Dodgers). MLB.com ranked Eflin as the No. 10 prospect in the Padres' organization, while Windle ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Dodgers' organization.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Phillies close to sending Rollins to Dodgers

Source: Phillies close to sending Rollins to Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- It is just a matter of time, but Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is going to be traded to the Dodgers. It appears the heavy lifting for a rebuild has begun.

Rollins is regarded as the greatest shortstop in franchise history, and he has the longest tenure of any professional athlete in the city. The Phillies selected him in the second round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. He made his big league debut in 2000, won the 2007 National League MVP Award, helped the Phils win the 2008 World Series and set the franchise's all-time hits record this past season.

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Busy week for Phillies, but rebuild just starting

Pending Rollins trade highlights Winter Meetings; Bastardo dealt to Pirates

Busy week for Phillies, but rebuild just starting

SAN DIEGO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. left the Winter Meetings on Thursday without a word.

Is he pleased with the work the Phillies accomplished this week in Southern California? Does he think the rebuild is headed in the right direction? Does he anticipate more changes before Spring Training?

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Phillies add up-and-coming lefty Rodriguez for Bastardo

Phillies add up-and-coming lefty Rodriguez for Bastardo

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies announced their first official trade of the offseason Wednesday afternoon about an hour after reports surfaced that Jimmy Rollins is headed to the Dodgers.

The Rollins trade is not official yet. But left-hander Antonio Bastardo is headed to the Pirates for Minor League lefty Joely Rodriguez, who the Phils project as a starting pitcher. Bastardo, who will become a free agent following the 2015 season, became expendable with the emergence of young left-handers Jake Diekman and Mario Hollands.

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Phils select versatile Herrera, lefty Oliver in Rule 5 Draft

Phils select versatile Herrera, lefty Oliver in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies believe Rule 5 Draft pick Odubel Herrera is more Ender Inciarte than Michael Martinez. That would be a good thing.

The Phillies selected two players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, which capped a busy week at the Winter Meetings. They selected Herrera, an outfielder/infielder who hit a combined .315 last season with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, from the Rangers with the eighth pick. They also selected left-hander Andrew Oliver from the Pirates. He went 3-4 with a 2.53 ERA and 13 saves with Triple-A Indianapolis.

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With Lester off table, spotlight shifts to Hamels

Lefty's deal with Cubs puts Red Sox, Dodgers in pursuit of Phillies ace

With Lester off table, spotlight shifts to Hamels

SAN DIEGO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called Jon Lester the linchpin of the offseason. Well, the pin has been pulled.

The Cubs and Lester have agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract, which means trade discussions regarding Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels are heating up. The Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers had been most interested in Hamels, but with the Cubs out of the picture, the attention turns to the Red Sox and Dodgers, who have the prospects and wherewithal to take the remaining four years and $96 million on Hamels' deal. (Hamels' contract jumps to five years, $110 million if a 2019 club option automatically vests based on innings pitched.)

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Quinn named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Quinn named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sandberg eager to see what second full season brings

With Phillies in rebuilding phase, manager interested in makeup of '15 roster

Sandberg eager to see what second full season brings

SAN DIEGO -- Ryne Sandberg is restless.

He uttered the word "anxious" a few times Tuesday afternoon at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where Major League Baseball is holding its Winter Meetings. He is entering his second full season as Phillies manager and the team is in the beginning stages of a massive rebuild.

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Gonzalez an option to help fill out Phillies' rotation

Club seeking catching help; Asche to improve versatility in spring

Gonzalez an option to help fill out Phillies' rotation

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies are looking for starting pitching this offseason, a search that becomes increasingly important if they trade Cole Hamels.

One potential option is right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. He will compete for a rotation job in Spring Training despite a checkered health history. The Phillies moved him from the rotation to the bullpen last season in the Minor Leagues because they did not think he could hold up physically.

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Catching up with former Phils utilityman Perez

Catching up with former Phils utilityman Perez

The statistics in baseball's official record books will show that utilityman Tomas Perez spent six seasons with the Phillies and that he batted .249 in 504 games. A little deeper look will reveal that he played all four infield positions, went to right field when needed and even pitched once.

What the numbers won't show is how, from the time he was a largely overlooked free-agent signing before the 2000 season to the moment he was released at the end of Spring Training in 2006, Perez developed into a fan favorite. Not so much because of what Perez did on the field, but because of his effervescent personality.

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Phils continue to push toward making deals at Meetings

Club meets with O's regarding Byrd; Howard, Hamels also discussed

Phils continue to push toward making deals at Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he does not believe in "close" when it comes to trades.

Either a trade is made or it is not.

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Phillies have 'good dialogue' with teams; Amaro optimistic

Club looking to deal veterans, but might have to wait until some free agents are off the board

Phillies have 'good dialogue' with teams; Amaro optimistic

SAN DIEGO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he had three or four trades he could make Monday, if he wanted. He won't.

Amaro said those deals do not help the organization. Maybe one of these days one of them will. The Phillies have announced they plan to make significant changes to their aging and expensive roster before Spring Training 2015, but so far they have been quiet. In fact, their roster remains essentially unchanged from the one that lost 89 games and finished last in the National League East, despite a franchise-record payroll.

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Lee starts throwing program, should be ready for spring

Lee starts throwing program, should be ready for spring

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies would have two aces to trade this offseason if Cliff Lee had a healthy left elbow.

But after finishing the season on the disabled list with a strained left flexor pronator, there is no chance Lee is traded until July.

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Gillick talks Phillies' rebuild, support for Amaro

Gillick talks Phillies' rebuild, support for Amaro

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies would love to reset their roster with the simple press of a button, but they have to invent that magic button first.

Expect a slow, long rebuild instead.

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Hall of Fame campaign comes up just short for Allen

Former Phillies great one vote away from Golden Era induction

Hall of Fame campaign comes up just short for Allen

SAN DIEGO -- The announcement was straight and to the point. The Golden Era Committee didn't elect a single player on Monday to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

In the audience, Dick Allen Jr. sat numbed by disappointment. Months of rising optimism abruptly ended with a few words. Then, another gutshot came before he could fully process that news. His father, Dick Allen, along with former Twins great Tony Oliva, had come up one vote short of election. One lousy vote.

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Hal Bodley

Dick Allen deserves to be a Hall of Famer

Golden Era Committee reveals no electees despite deserving names

Dick Allen deserves to be a Hall of Famer

SAN DIEGO -- If there's a silver lining to Dick Allen and Tony Oliva missing the Hall of Fame cut on Monday, it's that when this fickle committee votes again in three years their chances should be even greater.

Allen and Oliva each fell one vote short of the 12 required during balloting by the 16-member Golden Era (1947-72) Committee.

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Hal Bodley is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies spring getaway part of auction for LUNGevity

To benefit charity, fans can also bid on experience of bringing player to work, joining a broadcast

Phillies spring getaway part of auction for LUNGevity

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies are hoping to make a difference in the fight against cancer with some unique baseball experiences available in an auction that benefits LUNGevity.

LUNGevity is the largest national lung cancer-focused nonprofit, which was chosen in memory of late Orioles public relations director Monica Barlow. She died in February after fighting the disease. Barlow and her family were enthusiastic supporters of LUNGevity.

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With ankle pain-free, Revere expects healthy 2015

Phils center fielder helps Phanatic light Christmas tree at Citizens Bank Park

With ankle pain-free, Revere expects healthy 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- Ben Revere expects a pain-free expression on his face in 2015.

He carried an anguished look through much of 2014 as a screw in his right ankle literally touched a nerve. He made light of his frequent wincing to fans Saturday evening as he helped the Phanatic and the Phillies light the Christmas tree in front of Citizens Bank Park. Rain moved the ceremony inside, but the job got done.

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Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies issue statement on president Montgomery

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies issued a statement on Wednesday evening that said no decision has been made yet on club president David Montgomery's future with the team.

It followed a report Wednesday morning from 94 WIP that said Montgomery has been advised a change would be made prior to next season. Montgomery took a medical leave of absence in August following jaw bone cancer surgery in May. Pat Gillick, who took Montgomery's place as interim president, is running the baseball side of the organization. Senior vice president of administration and operations Mike Stiles is running the business side.

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Phillies tender contracts to three players

Left-hander Bastardo, outfielders Revere, Brown are arbitration-eligible

Phillies tender contracts to three players

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies tendered contracts to all three of their arbitration-eligible players on Tuesday night: left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Ben Revere and Domonic Brown.

There was little doubt the Phils would tender contracts to Bastardo, Revere and Brown. They need Revere to play center field and lead off, while Brown remains a developing young player one season removed from an All-Star Game appearance, and Bastardo is a key piece in an improved bullpen.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moyer exits Phillies' booth to be with family

Retired pitcher makes home in California; joined CSN broadcast in 2014

Moyer exits Phillies' booth to be with family

Jamie Moyer has informed Comcast SportsNet that he will not return to the Phillies' television broadcast booth next season.

Moyer, 52, told the network he wants to spend more time with his family at their home in California.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East

Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

Among NL East clubs, the Marlins made the boldest move of the winter thus far, coming to terms with Giancarlo Stanton on a contract extension potentially worth $325 million. We've also seen a major trade involving the Braves and a surprising signing by the Mets.

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Phillies' giving spirit lasts all year long

ALS Association one of many charities the club has partnered with

Phillies' giving spirit lasts all year long

PHILADELPHIA -- David Montgomery called his employees on stage recently at an event to celebrate the Phillies' 30-year run with the Philadelphia chapter of the ALS Association.

He expressed his gratitude about the longstanding relationship.

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Lee cleared to begin offseason throwing program

Lee cleared to begin offseason throwing program

PHILADELPHIA -- After an examination last week by team physician Michael Ciccotti, Cliff Lee has been cleared to begin his normal offseason throwing program next week, a good sign for the left-hander as he recovers from an elbow issue that sidelined him for the final two months of the 2014 season.

Lee is scheduled to begin on Dec. 1, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said on Tuesday, and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils' search for power moves on without Tomas

Phils' search for power moves on without Tomas

The Phillies will have to look elsewhere for a power bat in the outfield now that Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas has agreed to a deal with the D-backs.

Arizona won the bidding for Tomas on Wednesday, agreeing to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million, sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal includes an opt-out clause after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillies sign five to Minor League contracts

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have signed five additional players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. They are right-hander Paul Clemens, catchers Rene Garcia and Koyie Hill and infielders Chris Nelson and Cord Phelps.

Clemens, 26, split last season between the Astros and their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He moved to the bullpen this year after starting five games for Houston in 2013. In 2014, he made 13 relief appearances with the Astros, including seven of at least two innings.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Postseason heroics bolster Schilling's HOF case

Right-hander pitched in World Series with Red Sox, D-backs and Phillies

Postseason heroics bolster Schilling's HOF case

BOSTON -- Curt Schilling, the consummate student of pitching, was able to marvel and learn from Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. He also won a World Series championship with both of those pitchers, who are top candidates to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ballot, which was released Monday, has Johnson and Martinez listed for the first time. This is Schilling's third year of eligibility, but he doesn't expect to get in this go-around, especially when he knows who else is on the ballot.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.