In the last two weeks, David Rollins has gone from the Mariners to the Cubs and then, to the Rangers before coming to the Phillies. All of the moves have been because he was placed on waivers and claimed by another team. Rollins is probably used to this, since he was drafted four times, too. First, by the Dodgers in 2008 (19th round), then by Seattle in 2009 and 2010 (23rd, 46th rounds, respectively) and finally, by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th round of the 2011 Draft. A little more than 13 months after being drafted, Rollins was traded to Seattle along with Francisco Cordero, Ben Francisco, Joseph Musgrove, Carlos Perez, Kevin Comer and Asher Wojciechowski to the Astros for David Carpenter, J.A. Happ and Brandon Lyon. Two years ago, the Mariners, after drafting Rollins twice, finally got their man when they claimed him in the Rule 5 Draft from the Astros.
Unfortunately, Rollins never made a favorable mark with Seattle, pitching in 31 games in relief and leaving with a 1-2 record and a 7.60 career ERA with the Mariners over two seasons. Rollins has had success at the minor league level, with a career ERA of 3.35 over six seasons and a mark of 2.82 in 45 games at the Triple-A level. The Phillies hope - as other teams had - that he can turn in the type of performance at the major league level that he's put up at the minor league level during his career.
The Phillies designated outfielder Cody Asche for assignment to make room for Rollins on the 40-man roster. Asche would have been non-tendered by the Phillies prior to the deadline, so adding Rollins didn't really change much of their thinking.
Asche spent all or parts of four seasons in Philadelphia and hit .240 over 371 career games, with 31 home runs and 125 RBI. The Phillies now have ten days to trade, release or assign Asche outright to the minors. Philadelphia drafted Asche in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft and he made his major league debut with the team on July 30th of 2013 at the age of 23.