Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/17/12

While the trade winds have blown all around Cole Hamels in the last week, he is not the only commodity the Philadelphia Phillies could use to gauge interest with contending teams before Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline.

While they haven't given up hope that they can play themselves back into contention -- Roy Halladay rejoins the rotation Tuesday, less than two weeks after Ryan Howard returned and less than a month since Chase Utley was activated -- the Phils will certainly go about their due diligence before the deadline to assess the value of all of their players.

One of those names, first surfaced by CSNPhilly.com, is the longest-tenured Phillies player, shortstop Jimmy Rollins. At least two contenders -- the Dodgers and Giants -- are in need of a shortstop, and the California born-and-bred Rollins could be of interest to both.

The 33-year-old Rollins is a former MVP, a three-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner with a track record of postseason success.

When approached about the swirling trade rumors on Monday, Rollins pretty much kept mum.

"You're going to write whatever you want to write," Rollins told MLB.com before the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. "You want to write a story. I'm not going to help you write that story."

As a player with 10/5 rights (10 years in the big leagues, five in a row with the same team) Rollins cannot be traded without his approval. In addition to needing Rollins to sign off on any potential deal, another hurdle is his contract.

Rollins signed a three-year, $33 million deal in December, a contract that includes an option for a fourth season. The option year can be exercised a few different ways, but at a minimum, Rollins can exercise it himself with a $5 million player option. So, all told, the deal is at a minimum a four-year contract for a guaranteed $38 million.

Rollins' offensive numbers have declined steadily since his 2007 MVP season, but he has been on a healthy surge over the last two months. Rollins is hitting .279 with nine home runs, five triples, 17 doubles and 29 RBI in his last 59 games.

Rollins hit his ninth home run of the season in the third inning Monday. The win was the third in the row for the Phillies, who might play themselves out of being trade-deadline sellers.

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