Teams have approached Jimmy Rollins about playing second base

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that teams have approached free agent Jimmy Rollins about the possibility of playing second base. The 37-year-old has played shortstop almost exclusively throughout his 16-year career, having logged only one-third of an inning at second base. That one-third of an inning came in the ninth inning on August 5, 2002 when the Phillies made a handful of defensive changes. Rosenthal notes that Rollins is open to the idea of playing second base, but is waiting to see if he can still hang on at shortstop.

Rollins, in his first year with the Dodgers this past season, hit a meager .224/.285/.358 with 13 home runs, 41 RBI, 71 runs, and 12 stolen bases in 563 plate appearances. While he’s not unproductive, he has lost a step both at the plate and in the field. That, along with his age, all but ensures he’ll have to settle for only one guaranteed year in his upcoming contract.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last month that Rollins was drawing interest in a “hybrid utility role”.