The deal sending Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies to the Dodgers remains on hold, with the assumption being that it requires the Dodgers’ other trade sending Matt Kemp to the Padres to happen first because one or more of those players will be flipped to Philadelphia.
However, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com “the trade that will send Rollins to the Dodgers remains in place” and if the Kemp deal falls through amid reports of his having two arthritic hips the Phillies “may have to get a player other than” than a Padres prospect.
In other words, even if the Kemp trade doesn’t happen Rollins is likely to wind up with the Dodgers anyway because the Phillies have more or less agreed to an alternate, fallback plan version of the deal.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.
German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.
The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.