Jimmy Rollins to Giants: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Jimmy Rollins #7 of the Chicago White Sox in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 2-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Rollins isn't ready to call it a career just yet. The veteran shortstop agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, where he'll attempt to make the 25-man roster out of spring training.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news.

Rollins, 38, spent the 2016 season with the Chicago White Sox. He hit .221/.295/.329 with two home runs and eight runs batted in while playing in 41 games. The White Sox designated Rollins for assignment in June, and he did not latch on with another big league club.

Rollins spent his first 15 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, earning three-All-Star selections, four Gold Gloves and the 2007 National League MVP. He is the Phillies' all-time hits leader and stayed with the franchise through lean years before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 season.

That one-year stint was largely unproductive, with Rollins failing to post one win above replacement (minimum 20 games) for the first time in his career, per FanGraphs. He compounded that with an even worse stint in Chicago, and it seemingly looked like his career was over.

Still, it's not a surprise Rollins would look to prolong his career. He told reporters before the 2016 season that he planned to play "until basically they take the uniform and tell me to go coach somewhere."

The Giants already have a talented young shortstop in Brandon Crawford, so it's unlikely Rollins will find much playing time at his regular position. They don't have much in the way of platoon infielders, however, so Rollins will need to prove he can play away from shortstop. His only fielding experience away from short was one brief appearance at second base with the Phillies in 2002.

The Giants will need Rollins to prove he can play some at second and maybe even third to justify giving him a roster spot. It's likely they'll bring in other low-cost options who will compete for a utility spot. While none will have Rollins' resume—he ranks among the greatest Phillies in history—his performance over the last two years doesn't speak to his having much left in the tank.

    

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