Jimmy Rollins was designated for assignment Friday by the White Sox, who called up their top shortstop prospect, Tim Anderson.
Rollins, 37, hit .221/.295/.329 in 166 plate appearances with Chicago this season after signing a minor-league deal in the offseason. He ended up winning the starting job out of spring training and got off to a decent start, driving in a run in each of his first three games and hitting a game-winning homer in the ninth inning in his second game with the White Sox. But, just like last year, he cooled off significantly.
The White Sox have 10 days to trade or release Rollins, who should be able to find work elsewhere. He's not the same hitter he was in his prime, but he's still a solid defensive shortstop with speed and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate.
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Anderson, 22, was the White Sox first-round pick in 2013. He was rated the 45th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the season. He hit .301 with a .765 OPS in nearly 1,500 minor-league plate appearances.