UPDATE: Dodgers reach deals for Rollins, Kendrick, McCarthy
UPDATE: The Dodgers owned Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, reshaping their roster with a series of moves, all reported by FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal. When the dust had settled, the Dodgers had a new double play combination in shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Howie Kendrick, a new workhorse starting pitcher, and a handful of prospects.
Read more on all the moves they made here.
The Dodgers and Phillies are close to a deal that would send shortstop Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles, according to FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday night.
The return package for the Phillies still is being worked out and the deal could include a third team, though it was expected that Philadelphia would receive young pitchers in the deal.
As of late Wednesday night, no deal had been officially announced, with some reports indicating Rollins' no-trade clause was still a sticking point; reports earlier in the day were that Rollins would waive the no-trade clause.
The move, if finalized, would be the highest-profile of a day full of them for the Dodgers. Rosenthal also reported that the team shipped All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and starter Dan Haren to Miami for four prospects.
Then late Wednesday, Rosenthal reported that LA may have its back-end starter to potentially replace Haren already lined up:
Sources: #Dodgers close to four-year deal with free-agent RHP Brandon McCarthy.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
Rollins, 36, has been a cornerstone to a Phillies team that went to back-to-back World Series in 2008 and '09, winning a championship in the first trip. The 2007 National League MVP has spent all 15 of his big-league seasons with the club that selected him in the second round of the '96 draft.
His 2,306 hits are the most in Phillies history, and he is the franchise's all-time leader in at-bats and doubles. Rollins is also second only to Mike Schmidt in Phillies history in games played, plate appearances, extra-base hits and total bases, and trails only Billy Hamilton in stolen bases.
Rollins played in 138 games in 2014, his fewest since 2010. He hit .243 — also his lowest mark since hitting the same in '10 — though he still socked 17 home runs and drove in 55 runs. And his .988 fielding percentage tied for the second-highest mark of his career.
Rollins has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract, and is viewed by most as a stop-gap for LA in its continued push for its first championship since 1988.
Rollins trade, once completed, will reunite him with #Dodgers first-base and base-running coach Davey Lopes.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2014
Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers' primary shortstop since coming over in a July 2012 trade, signed as a free agent with the Red Sox last month. Last season, the Dodgers used seven total shortstops — Ramirez hit 13 home runs and drove in 67 in 425 at-bats; the other six had two home runs and 16 RBI in nearly 200 at-bats.
Corey Seager, a 20-year-old who batted .349 in 118 games split between High-A and Double-A last season, is the team's shortstop of the future. But that future is expected to come in 2016 or perhaps late 2015.
McCarthy, a 31-year-old right-hander from Glendale, Calif., went 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the Yankees last season after the Diamondbacks traded him following a 3-10 start. He's 52-65 with a 4.09 ERA in his nine-year career.