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Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins trade talk resurfaces

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Jimmy Rollins has a full no-trade clause. The Philadelphia Phillies could still move this veteran infielder before his current guaranteed contract expires, which is why whispers are being heard again this winter. Money, time and place remain the main factors in this fluid equation.

'J-Roll' is the best shortstop in franchise history. He earned that distinction after passing his mentor and returned-coach Larry Bowa (formerly the best Phillies' shortstop) somewhere around the 2007, or 2008, season.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. agreed to give Rollins a new contract before the 2012 season began. He guaranteed three years, at $11 million per season, and also included a vesting option for 2015. Based on last season's numbers Rollins only needs 433 plate appearances to secure a fourth guaranteed year.

If Rollins is injured for an extended period of time he'll risk missing the magic 433 mark. If, for whatever reason, Ryne Sandberg creates a scenario where Rollins splits time with someone like Freddy Galvis, he could also miss the plate appearance line.

Rollins has previously stated that he won't release his no-trade power. But, if the Phillies are out of the race by July and a playoff contender is willing to offer some type of added incentive, the red pinstripes might be taken off for good.

The 35-year-old veteran also previously said that he might like to end his baseball career where he was born and the Oakland Athletics, a perennial contender, have often obtained players on 'the cheap'.

The odds suggest number 11 will continue to be seen on the field at Citizens Bank Park for the foreseeable future. But, it's not impossible to think that fans of another team might come to appreciate Rollins' still-apt defensive skills before the end of the 2014, or 2015, season.

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