Rockies, Gonzalez close to a deal? Many say no
Reports via Twitter out of Venezuela have Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez having agreed to a seven-year, $80 million contract with the Rockies.
However, club officials reached Thursday would not confirm the report, beyond saying the Rockies would like a long-term deal with Gonzalez, who finished third in National League Most Valuable Player voting. Gonzalez’s agent, Scott Boras, could not be immediately reached.
Since the original tweet, in Spanish from a radio commentator in Venezuela, numerous reporters in Venezuela and the U.S. are saying there is no deal. A tweet from CarGoMedia5, which is believed to be official, denies there is a deal.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki recently signed a seven-year, $134 million extension that will keep him with the club through 2020. Tulowitzki has three years left on his current deal. The Rockies also reached out to Gonzalez and ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, who finished third in the Cy Young Award voting in 2010.
If such a deal is completed, it would qualify as a holiday shocker.
The Rockies often look to lock up young stars before they reach free agency, and Gonzalez won’t be eligible until 2014 at the earliest. However, Boras’ clients tend to test the market, and receive big-money, long-term contracts, when they become eligible to do so.
It will be the biggest pre-arbitration deal signed by a Rockies player since Tulowitzki signed a six-year, $31 million contract after a strong rookie year in 2007.