Phillies, Dodgers announce Jimmy Rollins trade

The deal had been rumored since the Winter Meetings, but it became official Friday morning: The Phillies have traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers in exchange for left-hander Tom Windle and right-hander Zach Eflin.

The Phillies also included cash considerations in the deal, offsetting some of Rollins’ $11 million salary.

Rollins, 36, was the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia. He made his Major League debut with the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2000. Last year, he hit .243/.323/.394 with 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases while leading all big-league shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage.

Rollins departs as the Phillies’ all-time leader in hits (2,306) and doubles (479) while ranking second in games played (2,090), extra-base hits (806), steals (453) and total base (3,655).

“Jimmy is both an iconic player and person whom I have had the great joy of watching grow up in this game and this city,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “His contributions to the franchise and to Philadelphia are unparalleled and I wish him the best in Los Angeles.  This transaction is one that I believe benefits both Jimmy and the Phillies.”

The Dodgers, meanwhile, parted with two pitching prospects as the Phillies continue their rebuilding process.

Eflin went 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 24 starts last year for Class A Lake Elsinore. He led the Midwest League with a 2.73 ERA in 2013, his first full professional season. Eflin was drafted 33rd overall by the Padres in the 2012 Draft.

Windle, 22, went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) for Class A Rancho Cucamonga last year.

“We are very happy to add two top-tier starting pitching prospects who we believe will impact our major league club in the near future,” Amaro said. “This deal is clearly geared to continue the process of building for perennial future success.”

-Adam Berry

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