Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Giants sign Jimmy Rollins,Pirates ink Daniel Hudson

The San Francisco Giants signed former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins to a minor league contract worth one million for the base and of course a few incentives.
Rollins' MVP was ten years ago,he's 38 and no one picked him up after a mid season release,so I think the odds are long that Rollins wins a roster spot.
He'd have to beat out Conor Gillespie or Kelby Tomlinson for a utility spot and Rollins doesn't seem to have the juice to convincingly beat out either of the two younger players.
Rollins has struggled in his two seasons (and stops in Los Angeles and Chicago) since leaving Philadelphia-Rollins has failed to hit .225 in average or .645 in OPS,so he looks to be showcasing for another team more than having a legitimate chance to win a roster spot in San Francisco.

Meanwhile in Pittsburgh,the Pirates signed former Diamondback righthander Daniel Hudson to a two year contract worth eleven million with the potential for more with incentives.
The 29 year Hudson has developed into a long/middle reliever since an elbow injury in 2012 forced a move from the rotation for the former 16 game winner.
The Old Dominion product posted an ERA over five in sixty innings last season after an excellent 2015 and will have the chance to be the righthanded setup man in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have questions in the bullpen behind Tony Watson with very few proven options,so I think Hudson could be a nice (and needed) addition.
Hudson throws hard (mid 90's) and moving from a hitters park in Arizona to more of a pitchers park in PNC Park could see a return to form for Hudson.

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