The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with infielder and former National League Most Valuable Player Jimmy Rollins, a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Rollins, a 37-year-old switch-hitter, spent the 2015 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .224 (116-517) with 24 doubles, 13 home runs, 41 RBI, 71 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. He ranked fifth among NL shortstops with a .983 fielding percentage, committing nine errors in 526 chances.
“We envision Jimmy contributing both on and off the field,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “He provides us with another quality infield option with the potential to play a variety of roles, as well as another significant positive presence inside our clubhouse.”
Rollins, 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, is a career .265 (2,422-9,145) hitter with 503 doubles, 229 home runs, 928 RBI, 1,396 runs scored and 465 stolen bases in 2,234 games played over 16 major-league seasons with Philadelphia (2000-14) and the Dodgers (2015). He has recorded 100-plus runs scored six times, 180-plus hits five times, 30-plus doubles 10 times, 10-plus triples five times and 30-plus steals 10 times.
Rollins ranks among the active leaders in triples (3rd, 114), runs scored (4th), stolen bases (4th), doubles (T5th), hits (6th), games played (7th) and walks (9th, 797) and also ranks second among active shortstops with a .983 career fielding percentage.
He was named NL Most Valuable Player in 2007, was an NL All-Star in 2001-02, ‘05, a Gold Glove winner in 2007-09, ’12 and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 2007. Rollins has appeared in 50 career postseason games and helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL pennant.