The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms with outfielder Charlie Blackmon, avoiding arbitration. Jon Heyman is reporting that the deal is reportedly worth $7.3 million. Much like Arenado’s deal, this is considerable savings compared to what was projected. MLB Trade Rumors had projected him to make $9.0 million in arbitration this offseason after turning in the best season of his six-year career.
Blackmon made his major league debut in 2011 but did not find a full time role until 2014. After two years of above average play from center field, he broke out in a big way in 2016 setting numerous career highs, including in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.552), and home runs (29). This, combined with a logjam in the outfield, has led to a lot of speculation about the Rockies possibly dealing Blackmon in exchange for help in the rotation or the bullpen. For now, it seems that the team will hold onto Blackmon.
The Rockies had five players eligible for arbitration this offseason. Jordan Lyles agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.175 million on November 30 and Jake McGee signed for $5.9 million on December 2, just before the non-tender deadline. Nolan Arenado already agreed to a two-year deal earlier today. Chatwood has agreed as well though they figures have not been reported. We’ll have more on the Chatwood signing as information comes out.