MLB rumors roundup for June 1

Jimmy Rollins says he is OK with his new spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' batting order, but it’s not as if he had a choice.

With his batting average barely over the Mendoza Line, Rollins was dropped to eighth in the batting order on Saturday against the Cardinals and remained there Sunday. The 36-year-old shortstop, who has batted first or second all season, was 0-for-3 Sunday, dropping his average to .202/.269/.339.

“Regardless of how he performs, Rollins said he recognizes that he's a place holder at shortstop, as the Dodgers will one day turn over the position to top prospect Corey Seager,” writes Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Could that promotion come sooner than later? The 21-year-old Seager has bounced back from a slow start and is currently hitting .300 with a .455 slugging percentage at Triple-A Oklahoma City, including a six-hit game last week. The Dodgers have not rule out promoting Seager at some point this season, but want him to continue his development at Triple-A for the time being, says Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

While Seager awaits the call, here is some other news and rumors on the first day in June:

  • Cole Hamels: The Phillies now are willing to take on more of Hamels’ remaining salary in any blockbuster trade, but are still looking for “premier talent," reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Hamels will make $22.5 million this season and $67.5 million over the final three years his deal that includes a club option for $20 million in 2019.

  • Brandon Morrow: On the disabled list for over a month because of right shoulder inflammation, Morrow will make a rehab start Tuesday with Double-A San Antonio. Morrow could slide into the Padres’ rotation spot occupied by right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, who opened the season as a long reliever. But the situation will get more interesting if Ian Kennedy (7.15 ERA) continues to struggle, says Dennis Lin of the Union Tribune.

  • Justin Upton: If the Padres keep slipping further behind the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West, Joel Sherman of the New York Post asks if GM A.J. Preller might try to replenish the crop of prospects they expended in their offseason spending spree. Upton would be a prime bargaining chip given he is only a few months from free agency.

  • Mike Leake: While Reds teammate Johnny Cueto has been mentioned more prominently as possible trade bait all team, it is Leake who is high on the shopping list for many teams, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Those teams are not overly concerned with three straight poor starts that have inflated Leake’s ERA from 2.36 to 4.66. Leake, like Cueto, is a free agent after the season.

  • Adrian Beltre: The Rangers’ third baseman will be sidelined at least two weeks with a thumb injury suffered Sunday. The Rangers could bring back Rougned Odor from Triple-A Round Rock to fill the roster spot and give Adam Rosales the bulk of the at-bats at third base.

  • Jordan Lyles: The Rockies’ righthander could be headed to the disabled list after re-injuring his left big toe in Sunday’s start in Philadelphia. Chris Rusin, who pitched four innings of relied Sunday without allowing an earned run, is the frontrunner to replace Lyles in the rotation.