Arenado on deal with Rockies -- 'My heart was here'

Rockies Sign Nolan Arenado For Eight Years

Arenado's agreement includes a provision that allows him to opt out after three years and become a free agent. The deal would kick in this season, overriding the one-year, $26 million contract the club and Arenado agreed to in January to avoid arbitration, which was the highest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. "Also, I'm grateful to play for an organization that has committed to winning and supports its players". In this picture, Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies poses during MLB Photo Day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona, Feb. 20, 2019.

If consummated, the $32.5 million average annual salary would be the highest ever for a position player. In terms of overall average annual salary (AAV), Arenado's contract trails only Zack Greinke's $34.4MM mark for the largest in Major League Baseball history. He's almost two years older than the current offseason's two star free-agent bats, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, so it's not a surprise to see Arenado heading for a slightly shorter-term deal than either of his highly touted peers. Meanwhile, Harper and Machado found tough sledding on the open market as teams resisted doling out the long-term contract offers they sought.

Arenado chose the certainty and potential of the Rockies over the uncertainty of a free-agent market that's been hard to predict in the past couple of seasons. Earlier this month, Rockies owner Dick Monfort told The Denver Post that he was upbeat about Arenado being in a Rockies uniform for years to come.

Jon Heyman on Bryce Harper's massive contract with Phillies
Phillies managing partner John Middleton traveled to Las Vegas last weekend to express his long-term vision to Harper. What does that mean for the division? "Any thoughts Harper isn't committed to Philadelphia is out the window".

Arenado says: "I don't go off what everyone else is doing". "It's in Nolan's hands, but my last impression with him is that this is something he wants to do". I think we have a great group. "It is. And I don't do a very good job of it". But everybody talks about (baseball) being all about pitching, and we all saw a pretty good, young nucleus of pitchers here previous year.

The Rockies boast a young rotation led by Kyle Freeland and German Marquez that's filled with promise. The team also announced a three-year contract extension for manager Bud Black through 2022.

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