Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

Mike Krukow expects Jimmy Rollins to make Giants' Opening Day roster

On Monday, the Giants signed Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league contract.

Will he be on the team's 2017 Opening Day roster?

“I think he will be there," Mike Krukow declared on KNBR 680 on Tuesday morning. "I've always loved the guy. I've loved him for all the things that he does on and off the field. He's just a good solid citizen.

"This would be a significant chance for him because when he left the Phillies and he went to the Dodgers, he was in his own mind an everyday player. Even last year when he signed with the White Sox, in his mind he was an everyday player. Well now he knows by taking this offer from the Giants that it's not gonna be for an everyday role.

"When you come to that conclusion as a player that your role has changed and you're no longer an everyday player, you start to learn how to do it. You start to learn how to be a bench player. I think that this guy has a lot to give baseball and a lot to give a team still.

"And it's the kind of player that you want if your team has basically declared it has a chance to win, which the Giants have done, certainly by adding Melancon.

"When you bring in Jimmy Rollins -- that's a component that they haven’t really had in the last several years. That’s a real veteran who can come off the bench late and help. I like the add.

"It’s just a matter of can he make the team and I don’t have any doubt that he can. So I'm anticipating that in April he’s gonna be there and he’s gonna be a big part of this 2017 Giants team.”

Rollins appeared in only 41 games with the White Sox last season, after hitting .221 over 144 appearances for the Dodgers in 2015.

In 2007, Rollins hit .296 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI en route to claiming the NL MVP.

He will be competing against Kelby Tomlinson and Ehire Adrianza for a roster spot.

"You're definitely gonna keep one of the two," Krukow said. "The pressure put on Adrianza and Tomlinson, well as it should be. Adrianza is a switch-hitting guy; he always seems to get a little bit better. But I don't know.

"If you go straight up, who's the better guy? Do you take Tomlinson?  He's got a lot to offer, plus he's been pretty clutch. Some of the at-bats that he's given the Giants in his young career, he's been a guy that's made a difference. I can't say that about Adrianza's at-bats. 

"So there's gonna be big-time competition for it and may the best man win."
 

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

BOX SCORE

At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — An hour after he gave up a run, walked two, and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, Matt Moore stood in front of his locker and smiled.

“I usually stink in spring training,” he said. 

That’s not entirely true. By spring training standards, Moore’s 4.06 ERA over 19 exhibition appearances is practically Cy Young-worthy. But the Giants have come to find that Moore, acquired at the deadline last summer, has high standards. He lived up to them the last time he took the mound in orange and black, throwing eight brilliant innings in the final game of the 2016 season. 

Moore had a long offseason to think about the way the postseason ended. He said he doesn’t have regrets. 

“The ball doesn’t go your way, but there’s nothing about what happened that night that I second-guess,” he said. “We all showed up. Boch managed the game, we played the game … that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The Giants are counting on Moore to help them get back to October. To recover from last year’s lengthy run — his first full season back from Tommy John — Moore pushed the start of his offseason throwing program back a month. Sunday’s outing was just the second time facing hitters this spring because rain messed with some of the coaching staff’s workout plans, but Moore said he feels strong. 

“We got him where we wanted,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He looked good.”

GAME RECAP: The ball was flying at Goodyear Ballpark Way Out In The Middle Of Nowhere and the Giants took full advantage. Conor Gillaspie, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker homered in a 9-5 win over the Reds. The Giants are 3-0 in Cactus League play … Tyler Beede struck out one in two scoreless innings. Beede gave up two hits, but he finished his 2017 debut by getting a double-play ball … Jimmy Rollins scored twice while leading off … Albert Suarez made his debut, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings … Cincinnati’s pitching was mostly brutal, but former Giants prospects Luis Castillo and Keury Mella finished off the day with three scoreless innings. 

POSITION BATTLE: Parker had two hits and walked twice. His homer was a laser shot. “He smoked that one,” Bochy said. “I didn’t think it was going out, but he scalded it. It shows the kind of power he has.”

Mac Williamson had two hits, a walk, and two runs. He made a slick sliding catch for an out near the left field wall. The left field candidates are off to a good start. 

QUOTABLE: “It’s great. There are a lot more places to eat.” — Moore, on his first spring in Arizona. Moore is from New Mexico, so he’s happy with the switch from having camp in Florida.