Sunday, December 18, 2011

Phillies and Rollins agree to 3-year deal

The Phillies and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have agreed to a three-year contract with a vesting option for a fourth year. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reported the deal is worth $33 million.

Rollins confirmed the deal on his Twitter account.

"I see you all know by now. Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!" Rollins tweeted.

Rollins, 33, has spent his entire 12-season career with the Phillies, who picked him in the second round of the 1996 draft. He made his big league debut in 2000, then became the everyday shortstop the following season and helped transform a sometimes moribund franchise into a consistent winner.

The Phillies had suffered through seven straight losing seasons when Rollins took over at short in 2001. They've had just one losing season -- 80-81 in 2002 -- since and have become the National League East's elite team over the past five seasons.

Rollins won the NL MVP in 2007, coincidentally the same year the Phillies won the first of their five straight NL East titles. He batted .296 with 30 homers and 94 runs batted in during his MVP campaign, then helped the franchise to its second World Series title the following year.

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