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December 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The final 24 hours of these winter meetings, once they were unclogged by Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs, assumed a frenzied pace. By the time Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff departed California on Thursday afternoon, they could say the Phillies' demolition had begun. Teams were more willing to do business and now will explore their backup plans involving other Phillies assets. But, after seven starting pitchers changed hands from Wednesday night into Thursday, there was less clarity about where the biggest fish, Cole Hamels, could land.
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December 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A baseball clinic at FDR Park, summer of 2009. A teenager went up to Jimmy Rollins and pointed out that he was almost as tall as the Phillies shortstop. "Actually, you are as tall as me," Rollins told him that day. "You could be with us. " That message really hit home, Kelly DuPree said Thursday, with virtually all the ballplayers in his RBI League youth program, which is run out of the Shepard Recreation Center at 57th and Haverford. Rollins may have been Superman to these youngsters, but he was a 5-foot-8 superhero.
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December 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
With Jimmy Rollins, there were moments. There were always moments. Here was one: It was 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2009, and the carpet covering the floor of the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was so soaked with champagne that a little puddle formed with every squishy footfall. The Phillies had just beaten the Dodgers - the team that Rollins will play for next season - in the National League Championship Series for the second straight year. Two nights earlier, he had lined a two-run, two-out double in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the series' fourth game.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in a few years, the Phillies departed the winter meetings looking as if they had a reasonable plan and the ability to execute it. Trading a player with a no-trade clause isn't easy, but Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplished it, and the early reports are that he netted a couple of plausible big-league pitchers in return for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the reports from scouts are to be believed, neither Tom Windle nor Zach Eflin possesses top-of-the-rotation upside.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Six months ago, one Phillies icon took the hand of another and raised it in the air in celebration on a sunny, summer afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, the best player in team history, walked onto the field and congratulated Jimmy Rollins after the shortstop laced a single to rightfield off Edwin Jackson for the 2,235th hit of his career. Rollins passed Schmidt that day, becoming the hit king for a franchise that's been doing business for 132 years.
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December 12, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The implosion of arguably the greatest core in Phillies history is going to start in a fitting place. James Calvin Rollins, the homegrown triggerman for a franchise that won five straight division titles and the 2008 World Series, was the first of the talented ensemble to arrive in the big leagues at the turn of the century, and, according to multiple reports, he will become the first to go when he is traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal was not official Wednesday night, but nothing more than formalities was holding it up. Jimmy Rollins, 36, will not be the last fading star to be removed from the roster this offseason as general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to inject a youth movement that he hopes represents the foundation for the next great era in Phillies history.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE FIRST instinct is to call it sad, but there is nothing sadder than what we would have witnessed next year if the players who ushered in the greatest era of Phillies baseball had been forced to endure its worst. Make no mistake, that's what these next 2 or 3 years will be, and if you wish to argue otherwise by pointing to the 10,000-plus losses that preceded them, well, you've never stepped from the warmth of a well-lit living room into a cold, moonless night. Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins did what the majority of us would do when he OK'd a trade that will send him back to his home state of California and the hallowed ground of Chavez Ravine (hallowed, that is, unless you happened to live there before Dodger Stadium was built)
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December 12, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
WITH THE imminent departure of Jimmy Rollins, the reconstruction begins. Rollins is set to take his Hollywood act to La-La Land, where, presumably, he will contend for a World Series title one last time. No one who observes baseball can be surprised by this move, or others likely to come: perhaps, Cole Hamels; maybe, Chase Utley; certainly, Ryan Howard; hopefully, Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies are staler than Christmas cookies in February, desperate for a makeover most extreme.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The next era of Phillies baseball commenced Wednesday from a sixth-floor suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where a dozen team officials assembled the trade of their iconic shortstop. The dismantling of a once-great roster started with the franchise's all-time hits leader, the man who coronated a spectacular five-year run with three words: "Team to beat. " Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, will be a Los Angeles Dodger. Details of the trade - which could involve a player from a separate deal between Los Angeles and Miami - were being finalized Wednesday night, said a source familiar with the talks.
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December 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The Phillies do not plan on contending in the immediate future, a sobering admission that does not bother Chase Utley nor Jimmy Rollins. The two veteran infielders, both protected by full no-trade rights, plan to honor their contracts in Philadelphia, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. There is no shortage of teams that would target those players for middle-infield help. Does it surprise Amaro they wish to stay? "Nope," he said. "They are very loyal guys. They have comfort here in Philadelphia.
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