Monday, January 3, 2011

Colorado Rockies sign Carlos Gonzalez to seven-year extension

Colorado Rockies fans everywhere are currently pinching themselves.

According to multiple reports, including from his own publicist, the Rockies have signed five-tool player Carlos Gonzalez to a seven-year, $80 million deal.

There has been noise out of Venezuela throughout the offseason that the Rockies were in talks with Gonzalez about signing a long-term deal. However, excitement about signing any deal that took the 24-year old beyond his arbitration years was tempered because of the fact that Gonzalez is represented by super-agent Scott Boras.

Boras is well known for waiting until his clients have hit the free agent market, allowing them to maximize their dollar amount when every team can compete for their services.

However, it appears that the appeal of the Rockies commitment to winning, despite playing in a medium-market, won Gonzalez over.

The deal is pending a physical that Gonzalez will reportedly take on Wednesday in Denver.

With Troy Tulowitzki signed through 2020, the Rockies have now locked up their two best hitters for the foreseeable future. It also officially ends the pessimists saying that the Rockies ownership group is cheap and doesn't care about winning.

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