Rollins Remains In Philadelphia

by Matthew on December 19, 2011

It’s official, Jimmy Rollins will stay put in Philadelphia.

The three-time All-Star shortstop who has spent his entire 12-season career with the Phillies, signed a three-year, $33 million contract that includes a vesting option for 2015 at $11 million.

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It was a respectable move by the Phillies organization, and a show of respect for Rollins who has been an integral part of this franchise’s recent success and is arguably the best shortstop in club history.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “He stands to be one of the Phillies’ all-time greatest players.”

Rollins, 33, was acquired by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 draft and  made his big league debut in 2000.

He batted .296 with 30 homers and 94 runs batted during his NL MVP campaign in 2007, then helped the franchise to its second World Series title the following year.

After an injury-filled 2010 campaign, he bounced back somewhat in 2011, finishing with 16 homers, 63 runs batted in and a .268 average in 142 games.

No doubt Philly fans will be happy to see a familiar face in the infield come the 2012 season.

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