Monday, December 19, 2016

Giants sign Jimmy Rollins to minor league deal

The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor league deal according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Rollins, 37, had a very disappointing 2016 with the Chicago White Sox slashing just .221/.295/.329 in 166 plate appearances. He started 34 games at shortstop and had a UZR of -1.2 which is among the lowest of his career.

For his career Rollins has hit .264/.324/.418 with 231 home runs and 470 stolen bases. He won the NL MVP in 2007 with a very strong year where he hit a career high 30 home runs along with 20 triples and a .875 OPS. He was a major contributor for the Phillies dynasty in the late '00s as he was a steady hitter in their lineup along with providing quality defense.

But those days are done and over the past three years Rollins has been among the worst hitters in the league and the Giants will just try to milk the last bit of talent out of him.

This is a curious move for the Giants as they already have a very strong shortstop in Brandon Crawford along with guys like Joe Panik and Eduardo Nunez who can play shortstop as well, but it could be nothing more as giving Rollins one last shot to show what he can do at the big league level.

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