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Rollins earns 10-and-5 rights

Rollins earns 10-and-5 rights

MIAMI -- Jimmy Rollins quietly reached a significant milestone this month.

He earned his 10-and-5 rights.

Rollins has been on an active big league roster for 10 seasons and has played with his current team for five, which awards him the right to refuse any trade. Rollins already had a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, but he could block a trade to only a handful of teams.

"It doesn't mean much," Rollins said before Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. "It's good, though. When I first came up, I heard, '10-and-5, 10-and-5.' I was trying to get one year first. I didn't understand any of that stuff then. It was all a foreign language, but as you get older, you understand what it means.

"It's good because a lot of guys aren't that anymore. Trades, free agency ... teams aren't able to keep guys."

Rollins made his big league debut in September 2000 and has been with the Phillies since.

He will be with the Phillies next season, too. They picked up his $8.5 million club option for 2011 before the '10 season started.

Asked if it was a sense of pride being with one team that long, Rollins smiled.

"Either that or nobody else wanted me," he said.

Rollins has been sidelined with a strained right hamstring. He fielded ground balls and took batting practice Wednesday, but it sounded Tuesday like it might be a few more days before he could return to the lineup.

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