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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.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.