Jimmy Rollins was out of baseball by the second week of June, and his only postseason work was as a television analyst. But that did not stop the former Phillies great from pursuing a job this winter.
He found an opportunity near home.
Rollins, according to Fox Sports, has signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants. He'll have a chance to win a bench role in spring training.
The 38-year-old shortstop is from nearby Oakland.
Rollins appeared in just 41 games last season for the Chicago White Sox. He signed a similar minor-league deal last spring, but a job with the White Sox was all but guaranteed. He hit .221/.295/.329 and lost his starting role after two months to 23-year-old Tim Anderson.
To win another big-league job, Rollins will likely have to show some versatility, which could mean playing at second or third base this spring. In his 15-year career, Rollins has played every inning but one in 2002 at shortstop.
He is the all-time hits leader (2,306) in Phillies franchise history.