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Multiple teams considering Jimmy Rollins at second base

Rollins would reportedly prefer to play shortstop but is open to playing second base.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Several clubs have expressed interest in free agent infielder Jimmy Rollins as a second baseman, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. While Rollins could end up joining a club as a second baseman, the 37-year old is reportedly hoping to receive a deal to play shortstop.

In each of his 16 major league seasons, Rollins has only played shortstop. Despite a subpar 2015 campaign, Rollins has proven to be one of the better defensive shortstops in baseball. Given where he is in his career, Rollins might be in a better position for a move to second base.

Rollins had a down year with the Dodgers last season, batting .224/.285/.358 to complement 13 home runs and 45 RBIs over 144 games. He has appeared in at least 137 games since 2001 and has proven to be consistent with runners in scoring position.

While Rollins did receive a notable amount of playing time with the Dodgers last season, the club opted to give prospect Corey Seager more playing time as the season came to an end and throughout the playoffs. Rollins' drop in production was notable, as his 2015 WAR was 0.2, down from his 3.8 mark in 2014.

Beyond Howie Kendrick, there are not many productive free agent second base options. If Rollins is open to the position change, once Kendrick is off the board, there is likely a good chance he receives a major league deal from an organization seeking either a starter or depth on the bench. For teams with second base prospects a level or two away, Rollins could play in the infield until the prospect is prepared to make his debut.

The Angels could be a club interested in signing Rollins to play second base, but there is also a chance he receives an offer to play shortstop. San Diego is seeking a shortstop and could consider Rollins over Ian Desmond or Alexei Ramirez.