Rockies sign Nolan Arenado to record-breaking contract
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 01, 2019,
Mar 01, 2019, 0:22
Arenado's new eight-year, $260M contract with the #Rockies will include an opt-out after three years and full no-trade clause, sources say.
The contract was also the fourth-largest overall in baseball history, eclipsed only by Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins in 2014, Manny Machado's 10-year, $300 million free agent deal with the San Diego Padres last week and Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees in 2007.
The entire focus now remains on Bryce Harper, who has been the most sought after free agent this winter.
Arenado is the second would-be 2019-20 free agent to take an extension rather than test an open market that has become increasingly slow for top-end talent.
"I don't go off what everyone else is doing".
Nolan Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed. Only Zack Greinke ($34.4 million) has a higher average annual salary. Even more, they almost captured the team's first NL West title before losing in a tiebreaker at Los Angeles in Game No. 163. "The Rockies are planning on building a team that continues to contend in the National League West, that continues to contend for a World Series - so you didn't want this hanging over the team".
Arenado, 28 in April, has won a Gold Glove in all six of his Major League seasons to date, pairing that hardware with Silver Sluggers in each of the past four seasons.
Last season Arenado batted.297 with an NL-leading 38 homers, finishing third in MVP voting.
"Obviously, they wanted to keep a homegrown player with them", Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
This marked the second deal worked out by the front office this week.
Over the offseason, the Rockies gave their offense a boost by bringing in Daniel Murphy to play first base.
The Rockies boast a young rotation led by Kyle Freeland and German Marquez that's filled with promise. I've been here since the tide has changed, and that's a really good feeling.