Rollins has been officially released by the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This is no surprise after Rollins was left off the club's Opening Day roster a few days ago. At 38 years old, it's hard to imagine Rollins wants anything to do with the minor leagues, so he'll test the market and see if there's anybody else looking for a veteran backup infielder. Rollins has managed an OPS over .700 just once in the past four years, so interest will likely be sparse.
Manager Bruce Bochy informed Rollins on Tuesday that he did not make the Opening Day roster, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. This news does not come as much of a surprise, as the 38-year-old hit just .125 (5-for-40) in 16 games this spring. Rollins has the option to remain in the organization as a minor-league player or elect for free agency, but no decision has made at this time.
Rollins started at second base in Thursday's split-squad game against the White Sox, and added position flexibility should help his case for making the 25-man roster, CSN Bay Area reports. Rollins hadn't manned the keystone in 15 years, so the veteran shortstop is working on getting comfortable at the position in order to increase his value as a utility infielder. Manager Bruce Bochy said that the 38-year-old looked "pretty good" defensively playing second base. Rollins will compete with Kelby Tomlinson, Gordon Beckham, Jae-Gyun Hwang and Orlando Calixte for the utility infield spot on the 25-man roster.
Rollins is playing multiple infield positions during spring training, focusing mainly on third base, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. With Brandon Crawford at shortstop and Joe Panik at second base, the news is to be expected. Rollins is bidding for a roster spot in his 18th major league season, but it seems the best he can hope for would be a backup role in a crowded infield. The four-time Gold Glove winner has never played a position other than shortstop, so it will certainly be an offseason of adjustment. Don't expect a miraculous comeback from the 38-year-old vet.
Rollins is finalizing a minor league deal with the Giants on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The veteran signed with the White Sox prior to last season but appeared in only 41 games before being DFA'd and subsequently released in mid-June. The 38-year-old hit .221/.295/.329 with eight RBI and five steals, mirroring his numbers from the 2015 campaign, which he spent with the Dodgers. At this point, it's difficult to gauge Rollins' chances of making the major league roster, but if the Giants opt to keep him around, it would likely be in a reduced, utility role.
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