Phillies shortstop gets one-year deal

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

"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.

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.