Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. He was released in June and didn’t play for the rest of the year. We last saw him working for TBS, doing some playoff TV.
It’s doubtful that, at this point, Rollins has much if anything left in the tank. He can probably approximate some decent-looking infield play, but he was overmatched at the plate last season and bat speed does not improve with age. Still, there’s no harm in giving him a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.