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With new deal, Reds keeping Rolen through 2012

Dec 19, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

mlb_a_rolen11_576.jpgWith the Reds hurting for payroll
relief, Scott Rolen has agreed to restructure his contract with an extension that will carry him through the 2012 season,
Mark Sheldon of reports.

Rolen, who turns 35 in April, was set to earn $11 million next
season, but under the terms of the new agreement, he will take home $6
million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2012. He’ll also receive a
$5 million signing bonus, deferred over the next three seasons.

Rolen batted .305/.368/.455 with 11
home runs and 67 RBI in ’09, including a .270/.364/.401 line in 137
at-bats after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
Even though he missed nearly three weeks with post-concussion symptoms,
his 128 games played were his most since 2006 with
the Cardinals. As always, the biggest question is whether he can remain
healthy, but assuming he can, it’s a more than fair deal for the Reds
if it means they can improve in other areas.

  1. john pileggi - Dec 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Nice move by Rolen, and the team.

  2. hop - Dec 19, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    This guy was done 3 years ago, i could only imagine the kind of shape he will be in 3 seasons from now.

  3. Arendell - Dec 19, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    This took alot of trust and class to do. MY HATS are off to the REDs’ and S. Rolen. Nice going. And to the Winners. The Reds’ fans. Merry X-mass.

  4. Andrew Kwon - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    He was done. Rolen then reinvented himself, altering his swing while maintaining excellent defense. If the reds play him like a catcher, resting him whenever possible, day game after night game ect there’s a good chance he’ll hold up for 120 games a year.

  5. Burton Haynes - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM


  6. Matthew C. Kriner - Feb 4, 2010 at 11:43 PM


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