Despite new uniform, Rollins knows legacy is with Phillies

Despite new uniform, Rollins knows legacy is with Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins leaves Philadelphia with a legacy few have matched or surpassed.

Yet he carefully considered his time and tenure when Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. contacted him in November about potential trades with the Yankees, Mets and Padres. Rollins still planned to honor his contract with the Phillies, he said, but a short time later Rollins' agent texted Amaro and said the shortstop would accept a trade to the Dodgers.

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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.

Phillies finalize Rollins-to-Dodgers deal

Phillies finalize Rollins-to-Dodgers deal

PHILADELPHIA -- The Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia has officially ended.

The Phillies announced Friday morning they have traded the greatest shortstop in franchise history and $1 million, according to an industry source, to the Dodgers for Minor League pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle. The deal ends a 14-plus-year run for Rollins from 2000-14 that included one World Series championship, two National League pennants, five NL East titles, one NL MVP, three NL All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger Award, memorable predictions and proclamations, a 38-game hitting streak and a franchise-record 2,306 hits.

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Phillies' future at short begins with Galvis

Phillies' future at short begins with Galvis

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will have a new starting shortstop on Opening Day next season for the first time since 2001, now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers. That shortstop appears to be Freddy Galvis.

"Right now, on the surface, it would look like Freddy Galvis would get an opportunity to do that," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday at Citizens Bank Park. "Whether he's earned it or not, we don't know. But he's certainly -- at least defensively -- he's a guy who we think can man that position. But nothing is etched in stone. There's a long time between now and early April."

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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.

Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

Winter dealing could just be starting for Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' rebuilding effort is underway, but it is far from over. There are still trades to be explored involving a number of veteran players, including Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd.

The Phillies have already moved Jimmy Rollins and Antonio Bastardo as management tries to inject youth and athleticism into the organization. More deals could be soon to come.

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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.

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Paul Hagen

Rollins leaves behind a storied legacy in Philly

Rollins leaves behind a storied legacy in Philly

You have to remember what it was like back then. The Phillies were coming off six consecutive losing seasons. Attendance had dipped below 20,000 a game at aging Veterans Stadium. The manager had been dismissed.

The 2001 season began on April 2 at Pro Player Stadium with something old -- the usual hope that accompanies Opening Day -- and something new: 22-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who still qualified as a rookie.

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With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind

Amid rumors, southpaw discloses interest in possibly joining contender

With future uncertain, Hamels keeps open mind

PHILADELPHIA -- Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded?

Jimmy Rollins is headed to the Dodgers, if the Padres and Dodgers ever announce the Matt Kemp deal. The Dodgers are sending Kemp to the Padres, who are sending players back to Los Angeles. One of those players -- Minor League right-hander Zach Eflin -- is headed to the Phillies as part of the Rollins trade.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

Gordon on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Gordon on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

The newest list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 is headlined by dominant pitchers like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, as well as power hitter Gary Sheffield.

But beyond the stars, others who had stellar Major League careers also are eligible for the first time. Although they didn't throw with Johnson's velocity or swing with Sheffield's ferocity, at one time or another, many of them carried their clubs and will forever be remembered by baseball fans.

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Adam Berry and Cash Kruth are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.