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NL West Notes: Giants release Jimmy Rollins, Padres carrying extra catchers

Here is the latest from around the National League West.

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The Giants decided to release veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins so that he can “pursue other opportunities,” according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic.

San Francisco told Rollins he wouldn’t be on its Opening Day roster, and he will now decide if he wants to consider playing, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Rollins, 38, played with the White Sox last season, posting a .221/.295/.329 batting line with two home runs and eight RBIs over 41 games.

Here’s the latest from around the National League West:

  • Catcher Bobby Wilson was optioned to the minors after competing for a spot on the Dodgers roster.

  • The Padres’ Opening Day roster essentially features an extra catcher and doesn’t include a backup outfielder.

  • Jake Lamb might be emerging as one of baseball’s most underrated left-handed hitters.

  • Things have looked pretty good for the Rockies since Jeff Bridich took over as general manager.

  • It seems the Giants will create a platoon situation with Jarrett Parker in left field.