By: Noah Wright
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On Wednesday, The Rockies had extended outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon was entering the last year of his contract this year, but now will be guaranteed $94 million over 4 years, but could earn $116 million over 6 years. The last 2 years are player contract options. Blackmon will still be paid $14 million this year, $2 million of it coming from signing bonuses, $21 million annually from 2019-2021, one $21 million dollar option for 2022, and another $10 million dollar option for 2023. Blackmon could also earn up to an additional $8 million in performance bonuses in the final option year, potentially carrying him through his age 37 season.
Blackmon, who is entering his age 31 season, had broke out in 2016 in terms of power, hitting a then career high 29 home runs, while batting .324/.381/.552, while stealing 17 bases, and driving in 82 RBI’s. His effort with his bat earned him a silver slugger, and finishing 26 in MVP voting.
In 2017, Blackmon further built off his 2016 year. Last season, Blackmon hit a now career high 34 home runs, and hitting for a .331/.399/.601 slashline (batting average leading The NL). He also stole 14 bags, and hit a career high 104 RBI’s as well.
Blackmon, while he excels in Coors field (.346/.406/.566 home slashline) is greatly helped by the altitude level (.266/.314/.436 away slashline). Blackmon also isn’t great with the glove either, having -17 DRS, and -27.8 UZR in his main CF position.
In conclusion, The Rockies have locked down one of their biggest line-up pieces, though Nolan Arenado and D.J. LeMahieu are nearing the end of their contracts as well, The Rockies have potentially kept a really good bat in their line-up for years to come.