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Jimmy Rollins plans to stay with Dodgers beyond one season

Dodgers' Jimmy Rollins, with year left on contract, doesn't necessarily think he's in L.A. for just one season

One and done. Thanks for stopping by for a season, and best of luck and all.

Is this the Dodgers future of shortstop Jimmy Rollins?

Rollins is in the last year of his contract, and the Dodgers have premier shortstop prospect Corey Seager possibly only a season away. It looks pretty simple.

“I don’t plan on it being that way,” Rollins said.

“You do well enough, you can help them make changes to their plans. Obviously I would love for that to be the case. But I can do great, we can win the World Series and I could be a super stud, but they have to go on with their future.”

Rollins, 36, was officially introduced to the local media Wednesday. And though admitting how the last year of Rollins’ contract and the arrival of Seager are lined up, General Manager Farhan Zaidi was not about to lock himself into that future.

“Not necessarily,” Zaidi said. “He’s still an elite shortstop. He said let’s just see how this season goes, and I think from a front-office standpoint, that’s how we feel too.”

Last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Rollins tied his career low with a .243 batting average but had 17 home runs, 55 runs batted in and 28 stolen bases.

Seager is the team’s most prized prospect, though there remains some uncertainty if he will ultimately be moved to third. Pieces could still be moved, though Zaidi said the Dodgers were not anticipating trying to work an extension with Rollins in the spring or early season.

“We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “I can’t rule it out once we get into the season. He’s a dynamic personality. He’s a leader and he absolutely is the kind of guy we want in our clubhouse.

“So much of that press conference was about his leadership, and what may have been missed a little bit is how good of a player he still is. He’s going to add a real element to our team, both offensively and defensively. He may prove himself to be more important to this team than we think he is right now.”

As a 10-and-5 player -- 10 years in the majors, the last five with the same team -- Rollins could have blocked the trade to the Dodgers, but he didn’t necessarily approve the move planning to be in Los Angeles  for one season.

“I’m here for now,” he said. “My job is pretty clear what I have to do, so I’m going to go out there and do that. The future will take care of itself. I can’t control that. I can only control what I do on the field and have an impact on the team on the field. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Rollins said he definitely plans on playing somewhere in 2016.

“Who knows what can happen?” he said. “I’m going to play. There’s no question about that.”

Could be for a new team, but a surprise move could still land him back with the Dodgers.

“Those things have a way of way of working themselves out,” Zaidi said. “There are a lot of ways for this thing to resolve itself. I certainly would not rule [his returning] out.”

 

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