The Rockies have come to terms with Charlie Blackmon and Tyler Chatwood on one-year deals to avoid arbitration. Blackmon is set to make $7.3M in 2017, after batting .324, swatting 29 home runs and earning his first Silver Slugger award in 2016.
Tyler Chatwood signed a one year, $4.4M contract for the coming season. In his first season back from his second Tommy John surgery, Chatwood posted a respectable 3.87 ERA over 27 starts.
Nolan Arenado also signed a new deal with the Rockies, though the two-year, $29.5M agreement wasn’t as long-term as many had hoped for. It buys out his next arbitration year, but doesn’t cover any seasons for which Arenado was not already under team control.
Arenado will have one more year of arbitration after the contract is up before entering free agency in 2019. As Bryan Kilpatrick writes, this deal will likely save the Rockies some money heading into the contention window. And Arenado is on-board with it. The 25-year old told Purple Row he’s not focused on his long-term deal, but rather with winning—with this team—now.
While the Rockies head east on a mid-summer roadtrip, Coors Field will host the Zac Brown Band July 29th, as the group embarks on a second summer of stadium tours. Tickets will go on sale to the public January 21st.