Phillies Roundup: Rollins is Rollin'

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Today's Phillies roundup catches up with Phillies vet Jimmy Rollins... Locked up for 2011, Phillies shortstop Rollins can chill: He is the Dick Clark of this clubhouse, a 10-year veteran with the same youthful look and swagger he displayed as a 21-year-old first-time big-leaguer in 2000 (albeit with a little more weight and a lot less hair). Yet he is the longest-tenured player in the organization, 31 years old, 2 years removed from his MVP season and 9 years removed from that electric rookie campaign in which he swiped 46 bases. And when the Phillies decided to exercise that option, to decide a year in advance that they wanted him to stay, it answered a lot of questions for a shortstop coming off two inconsistent seasons. "At first I was like, 'Oh, OK, that's cool,' " said Rollins, who was slowed by a severe ankle sprain in 2008 and an abysmal first half in 2009. "But 15 minutes later, I really started thinking about it, like, Wow, OK, that's real cool. I just go out there and chill. ... He said to go out there and relax and play, we want you to be here, so we'll go ahead and take care of that and take that pressure off. Actually, I hadn't even thought about it to that point. I guess I've only been in this organization. It never really dawned upon me to leave."

Denver Post: Phillies' Rollins watching what he says, for now: Spring training is officially underway for the Phillies now that Jimmy Rollins is talking. This time, though, he's watching what he says. That's probably a good thing for the two-time defending NL champions, who held their first full-squad workout Tuesday. "We do have a chance at doing something special," Rollins said. "(Someone) told me that NL teams that go to the World Series three years in a row win two out of three. Sounds like some pretty good odds." Pressed to make a specific prediction, Rollins smiled and said, "You just heard them." Before the World Series last year, Rollins said the Phillies would beat the Yankees in five games. He was a little off on that one. "The magic eight ball? Shoot, I don't know where that thing is," Rollins said. "At this point, it's just for fun." Manager doesn't want players to become complacent: Manager Charlie Manuel had a simple message Tuesday when he addressed the Phillies before their first full-squad workout at the Carpenter Complex. Just win. "What are we here for?" he said. "Let's keep it going." The Phillies are trying to win three consecutive National League championships and two World Series in three seasons. It won't be easy. "I told them, 'We've got a chance to do something special here, and with the team we have, there's no reason we can't continue it,'" he said. Manuel reminded his players not to get too comfortable. He said some players get too caught up in themselves and the attention they receive playing for a winning team, and forget about why they are here. Just win. Source: Brad Wilkerson to join Phillies: Veteran infielder-outfielder Brad Wilkerson has reached agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league contract, a baseball source told Wilkerson, 32, is a .247 career hitter in eight seasons with Montreal, Washington, Texas, Seattle and Toronto. He hasn't played in the big leagues since 2008, when he hit .220 for the Mariners and Blue Jays.

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