Tu­low­itzki, Rock­ies agree to 10-yr, $157.75 mil­lion deal

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

NEW YORK: As the Yan­kees re­sumed con­tract talks with Derek Jeter, an­other All-Star short­stop fi­nal­ized a huge deal.

Troy Tu­low­itzki tore up his cur­rent agree­ment with the Colorado Rock­ies and agreed Tues­day to a 10-year con­tract worth $157.75 mil­lion - the eighth-biggest deal in base­ball his­tory.

"I'm re­ally lucky," Tu­low­itzki said. "I can't wait to be here my en­tire ca­reer."

His pre­vi­ous con­tract had three years and $25.75 mil­lion in guar­an­teed money re­main­ing, mean­ing the new deal added $132 mil­lion and seven sea­sons.

Base­ball's col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment pro­hibits ex­ten­sions, forc­ing the sides to sign a new con­tract.

Tu­low­itzki wanted to em­u­late his idol, Bal­ti­more's Cal Rip­ken Jr., who played in just one city, and not his men­tor, St. Louis slug­ger Matt Hol­l­i­day, whose de­par­ture from Den­ver a cou­ple of years ago af­ter 11 years in the Rock­ies or­ga­ni­za­tion deeply af­fected him.

"I didn't want that to hap­pen to me," Tu­low­itzki said. "I wanted to stay here for my ca­reer and not deal with all the other stuff.

I'm sure he's in a great place now and I know he's happy but at the same time, this is where I want to be."

Tu­low­itzki's con­tract trails two of Alex Ro­driguez's deals ($275 mil­lion and $252 mil­lion) and agree­ments for Jeter ($189 mil­lion), Joe Mauer ($184 mil­lion), Mark Teix­eira ($180 mil­lion), CC Sa­bathia ($161 mil­lion) and Manny Ramirez ($160 mil­lion).

Jeter and the Yan­kees hadn't met since Nov. 8 be­fore Tues­day's ses­sion, which was di­vulged by a base­ball of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the dis­cus­sion.

The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the team and agent Casey Close didn't make any an­nounce­ments. -Ap

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