Posted July 17, 2012

Report: Dodgers interested in trade for Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins

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The Dodgers are reportedly interested in trading for the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins to boost their sluggish offense. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

In an effort to improve their sluggish offense, the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in trading for Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, CBS’ Danny Knobler reported Monday.

Rollins has disappointed in Philadelphia after signing a three-year, $33 million contract last offseason. He’s hitting only .261 with a .315 on-base percentage, and he has eight homers and 33 RBI in 87 games this year.

But with Dodgers’ shortstop Dee Gordon on the disabled list, the Dodgers have been in desperate need of a shortstop. Even before he got hurt, Gordon wasn’t exactly tearing it up. He was hitting only .229 with a .562 OPS.

Rollins is one of three Phillies players in which the Dodgers have interest, Knobler reported:

The Dodgers, who still hope to add both a pitcher and a hitter, also have interest in both Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino. It’s unlikely they have enough prospects to land Hamels; Victorino would seem a more realistic target (because he’s a free agent-to-be having a so-so year), as might Rollins (big contract, so-so year).

The Dodgers are 1.5 games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.