SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers have found their stopgap shortstop, acquiring Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies on Wednesday, per multiple reports. The deal has not yet been announced, nor has the return been confirmed, though Dylan Hernandez reported per a source that "the deal is more or less done." The two teams were reportedly talking earlier Wednesday.
Rollins gives the Dodgers exactly what general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Tuesday the team needed - someone to fill in at shortstop for a year until top prospect Corey Seager, who will be 21 in April, is ready for the majors.
"The guys we are looking at are all in the kind of time frame where we're comfortable if they are a good fit this year," Zaidi said on Tuesday.
Rollins, the Phillies all-time leader in hits, is due $11 million in 2015, the final year of his contract. The 36-year-old shortstop was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 draft, and has played in Philadelphia for all of his 15-year career. He had a no-trade clause as a 10-and-5 player, with at least 10 years of experience, including at least five consecutive years with the same team, but said he would waive the clause to play in Los Angeles.
The switch-hitting shortstop hit .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 28 stolen bases for the Phillies in 2014, and has hit .249/.319/.390 over the last three years. Rollins was above average defensively across the board in 2014, but has varied in ultimate zone rating, total zone rating and defensive runs saved over the last three years from above average to below average.
"We're not dead set that we have to get a .300 hitter at shortstop or we have to get a 20 runs above average defensive shortstop," Zaidi said. "It's going to be the totality of the package."
Over the last three years Rollins has been between 6.1 (Baseball-Reference) and 10.1 (FanGraphs) wins above replacement, including 3.6 or 3.9 in 2014. Hanley Ramirez had 3.4 or 3.5 WAR in 2014, and between 10.2 and 11.3 WAR the last three years.
With Rollins, the Dodgers will have $205.525 million committed to 18 players in 2015.