The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have agreed to a six-year contract extension with All-Star centerfielder Charlie Blackmon. According to Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports, the contract is worth $108 million and could climb as high as $116 million if certain incentives are reached.
Blackmon, 32, was drafted by the Rockies out of Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2008 MLB draft. Though he never cracked a top 100 prospects list, he has gone on to earn two All-Star nominations and two Silver Sluggers in seven seasons in Colorado in which he’s hit .305/.360/.500 overall. Last season he hit .331/.399/.601 en route to a National League batting title and a fifth place finish in MVP voting.
The contract comes just a week into what would have been Blackmon’s final season before free agency. Considering the slow market this past offseason, it’s possible that Blackmon saw an opportunity to sign a long term deal with the team he came up with. A change in representation this offseason may also have helped get the deal done.
We will have further coverage of this deal over the coming days. For now, let’s bask in the glory that is the fact that this beard will, in all likelihood, retire as a Rockie.