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http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-reds-rolen&prov=ap&type=lgns

 

CINCINNATI (AP)—Scott Rolen(notes) agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds through the 2012 season, an indication of how much they value the 34-year-old third baseman as a clubhouse leader.

 

Rolen had one season left on an eight-year, $90 million deal that he signed with St. Louis. He will get $11 million next year, one of four Reds players scheduled to make that much. Cincinnati is trying to trade at least one of them to lower the payroll.

 

 

The Reds got Rolen in a trade with Toronto last July, giving up third baseman Edwin Encarnacion(notes) and pitchers Josh Roenicke(notes) and Zach Stewart to get a clubhouse leader. Rolen batted .270 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 40 games for the Reds.

 

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Considering his injury riddled past, I don't believe this to be a wise move. Should have just kept him on a year to year basis. Plus 11 million is a lot for this guy. Maybe back in his prime, but he is definitely on the decline. Huge risk.

 

This article doesn't even say how much they will pay him the second year. Anybody?

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Rolen's original contract called for an $11MM salary in 2010, however under the new agreement he'll earn $6MM next year, and $6.5MM in both 2011 and 2012. The Reds gain about $5MM in payroll flexibility this offseason with the move, something they sorely need.

 

 

this is just to have some flexibility for next season. because now they're paying him 11 million in a span of 2 seasons instead of one. and then they added a 3rd year at a seasonable price too.

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