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Giants couldn't match White Sox offer for Jimmy Rollins

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Giants couldn't match White Sox offer for Jimmy Rollins

PHOENIX — The San Francisco Giants could offer Jimmy Rollins the same money as the White Sox, a homecoming and an opportunity to play in an even year.

But as tempting as that combination was, the White Sox could offer the one thing the Giants couldn’t — the potential for playing time. Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed the team’s interest in Rollins at an MLB event Monday at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, noting his team’s offer was similar to the White Sox, who will pay Rollins $2 million if he reaches to the majors. Rollins signed a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.

“We just didn’t have an everyday role, and that’s really what made it tough for us,” Evans said. “We’d love to bring a Bay Area guy back, and have a lot of admiration for him. But there’s an opportunity there in Chicago that we couldn’t offer.”

Though there are no guarantees, Rollins has a chance to take the starting shortstop job away from White Sox second-year man Tyler Saladino. Were he to have signed in San Francisco, Rollins would have had no regular chance to start as shortstop Brandon Crawford recently signed a six-year extension.

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Still, the money was in the same neighborhood, and Rollins hails from just across the bay in Oakland. And though they would never include it in their pitch, the Giants can boast that they have won World Series titles in each of the previous three even years: 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Evans saw enough from Rollins in 2015 to offer him a role as a super utility man.

“I just still think he’s very athletic,” Evans said. “Thought he had some good tough at-bats and some good periods of time where he did very well. I think as Corey Seager came up, his time changed a little bit. But there’s a lot of value there.”

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported San Francisco’s interest in Rollins.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.