Rockies Ink $260 Million, 8-Year Contract With All-Star Baseman Nolan Arenado

Keith Birmingham Southern California News Group

We've been talking for weeks about how the uncertain free agent market has nearly unquestionably pushed certain young players to accept early extensions, and now you wonder whether it's going to do the same for even the superstars of the market. The real answer is, none of us really know, and the Rockies giving Arenado this contract makes it harder for all the teams that are supposedly bidding on Harper. As far as Nolan is concerned, you look at free agency out there, and it's been very slow for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and Nolan would (have been) going into his age-29 season had he not signed this contract.

This is a 2019 photo of Nolan Arenado.

That hasn't been lost on Arenado, who recently said: "There are some really good baseball players out there, and it is insane to think some of these teams don't need them". The deal's $32.5 million average annual value is second behind the $34.42 million for pitcher Zack Greinke in a $206.5 million contract with Arizona that began in 2016. Arenado has a full no-trade provision and can terminate the deal after three seasons, a point which both Arenado and Rockies GM Jeff Bridich saw as beneficial to determine whether Colorado remains a title contender.

Last season Arenado batted.297 with an NL-leading 38 homers, finishing third in MVP voting.

Arenado is one of the best all-around players in baseball, a four-time all-star and six-time Gold Glove victor who is the face of a Rockies franchise that has earned a wild-card playoff berth in each of the past two seasons.

"A larger market team if they have what they call dead salary when a player is a little older, they can sort of get by with it". "It's a nice deal for him and a nice deal for the team".

The new deal is relatively front-loaded. They'll rely heavily on youngsters such as Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon or Brendan Rodgers at second base after the departure of DJ LeMahieu to the New York Yankees.

The Rockies boast a young rotation led by Kyle Freeland and German Marquez that's filled with promise. "I really enjoy the fact there's a comfortability here".

"It's pretty safe to say he makes every team he's on even better", outfielder Charlie Blackmon said in the offseason of Arenado's presence.

That sentiment became a reality.

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