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12/19/2009 7:54 PM ET
Reds, Scott Rolen agree to two-year contract extension
Third baseman signs through 2012
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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds and 3B Scott Rolen have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension through the 2012 season.

"Scott's signing is an indication of his feelings toward the club and the direction we're taking," said Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty. "He wants to stay here, and hopefully he can end his career as a Red."

Rolen, 34, on July 31 was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, along with cash, in exchange for 3B Edwin Encarnacion, RHP Josh Roenicke and minor league RHP Zach Stewart. In 120 appearances for the Blue Jays and Reds, he combined to hit .305 with 11 HR, 67 RBI and 5 stolen bases and after a stint on the disabled list with a concussion helped lead the Reds to a 27-13 record to finish the season, tied with the Minnesota Twins for the best in the Major Leagues.

Rolen is a 5-time All-Star, 7-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Silver Slugger Award winner and the 1997 National League Rookie of the Year. His 6 seasons of collecting 25 or more home runs while also winning the Gold Glove ranks second all-time among third baseman to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Born in nearby Jasper, Indiana, Rolen is a career .284 batter in 14 big league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Blue Jays and Reds. He has appeared in 32 post-season games, including 9 World Series games with the Cardinals in 2004 and 2006.

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