Phillies shortstop gets one-year deal

Updated: January 15, 2004, 6:03 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins avoided arbitration by agreeing Thursday to a $2.4 million, one-year contract.

Jimmy Rollins
Shortstop
Philadelphia Phillies
Profile
2003 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
156 8 62 85 20 .263

"He's an integral part of our club and he stabilizes the middle of our infield. He's been one of the most consistent defensive shortstops in the National League and we feel he has more to offer us offensively in 2004," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Rollins, 25, was an All-Star in 2001 and 2002, lead the NL in triples in both seasons and tying for the stolen-base lead with 46 as a rookie in 2001.

He hit .263 with eight homers and 62 RBIs last year. Rollins' career-high 42 doubles led the team and were tied for third among major league shortstops.

Right-handers Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla and second baseman Placido Polanco are the remaining Phillies headed toward salary arbitration.


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