Once a Dodger, always a Dodger; even if for just one disappointing season.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is attempting a revival with the San Francisco Giants. He will go to spring training with the team and receive a $1 million base salary if he makes the roster, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s somewhat of a homecoming for the Oakland native.
Source: Jimmy Rollins signs minor-league deal with #SFGiants.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2016
Rollins’ lone season in Los Angeles was a letdown. After 15 season with Philadelphia, the Dodgers acquired Rollins for minor league pitchers Zach Elfin and Tom Windle. During the 2015 season, the then 36-year-old hit .224 with a .285 on-base percentage, both career-worsts to that point. Rookie Corey Seager replaced him in the lineup after a September promotion.
The highlight of Rollins’ time in L.A. was the regular season finale, when Don Mattingly let the veteran manage the team for a day. Rollins removed starter Clayton Kershaw from the game in the fifth inning, which made the always serious Kershaw laugh on the mound. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 6-3.
“I wouldn’t give Jimmy a hard time on his first day of managing,” Kershaw said.
Rollins played in 41 games for the Chicago White Sox last season. He once again struggled offensively before being replaced by another up-and-comer in prospect Tim Anderson. Rollins was designated for assignment June 10.
The Giants need offensive help and infield depth, but Rollins’ best days are long behind him. We’ll see if the future Hall of Famer has anything left in the tank.