The Reds and 3B Scott Rolen have restructured his contract and have extended him for two more guaranteed seasons. Rolen's new contract will pay him $23.625 million through the 2012 season with a $5 million signing bonus that is deferred over the next three seasons without interest. He was originally expected to earn $11 million in 2010 but will now get $6 million in 2010, $6.5 million in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2012.
The move seems to provide the Reds more payroll flexibility for next season while giving thr 34-year-old Rolen the extra two years of security.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty is out of the country on vacation and isn't available for comment.
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