After tying Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the Phillies’ all-time hit record last night, Jimmy Rollins singled to right field off Cubs right-hander in the fifth inning this afternoon to stand alone in franchise history with the 2,235th hit of his career.
The game was temporarily halted at Citizens Bank Park to acknowledge Rollins’ accomplishment. Fireworks went off at the stadium as Rollins was congratulated by Schmidt and his teammates. There hasn’t been much for Phillies fans to cheer about this year, but it was a very cool moment.
You can watch video of the hit and the celebration below:
Read more coverage of Rollins’ record and a look back at some of his “greatest hits” via Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Today is about celebrating an awesome benchmark for Rollins, but the trade talk figures to pick up now that the record is out of the way. Of course, Rollins has 10-and-5 rights, which means that he can control his own destiny. He’s owed about $6 million for the rest of the season while his contract includes a vesting option for 2015.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.