SCOTTSDALE -- Even after the most expensive offseason in franchise history, the Giants were willing to shell out a bit more to fill one more potential hole.
General manager Bobby Evans said Monday that the club pursued veteran infielder Jimmy Rollins but ultimately fell short when Rollins found a better opportunity with the Chicago White Sox. The Bay Area native signed a minor league deal that will pay him $2 million if he makes the club.
The White Sox will give Rollins a chance to win their shortstop job. The money wasn't an issue for the Giants, who are already paying the competitive balance tax, but they could only offer a utility role.
"We talked quite a bit," Evans said. "Ultimately his interest was in trying to compete for an everyday role, and we respect that."
Rollins, 37, was born in Oakland and went to Encinal High in Alameda. The former Phillies star hit just .224 last season for the Dodgers but the Giants thought he might be a good fit behind their young starting infielders. The Giants previously pursued Juan Uribe but the asking price (he got nearly $5 million from the Indians) was too high. It's unlikely now that the Giants will add a veteran to compete with young backup options Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza, and a pack of non-roster invitees.
"We're always looking for depth," Evans said. "I don't know that I see as many guys out there now that would be a fit, but I'll keep an open mind."