Blackmon receives $ 3.5M deal
Charlie Blackmon accepted a one- year contract from the Rockies onMonday, solidifying his slot in an already- crowded outfield.
Blackmon avoided an arbitration argument with the Rockies by accepting a $ 3.5 million deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, citing a source. This is the first year Blackmon, 29, was eligible for arbitration.
The center fielder, who has played all or parts of five seasons with the Rockies, had asked for $ 3.9 million against their offer of $ 2.7 million. His deal netted him slightly more than the midpoint.
Blackmon proved to be a consistent asset for theRockies last year, improving on his 2014 all- star season by following it with a .287/ .347/. 450 slash line ( batting average, on- base percentage, slugging percentage). He also stole a careerhigh 43 bases and hit 17 home runs, mostly fromthe leadoff slot.
But the Rockies added a fourth left- handed- hitting outfielder this month by signing free agent Gerardo Parra to a three- year contract worth $ 27.5 million.
“I was little perplexed at first,” Blackmon said Saturday, referring to the acquisition of Parra, “because I didn’t really see it coming. Going into the offseason, I didn’t know that was in play, really.
“But after looking at it, he’s a great player. I’ve played against him, seen him play. He’s got one of the best arms in the league. He can only make our team better.”
The Rockies have flirted with trading an outfielder, including Blackmon, as a way to boost their starting pitching. But as it stands, Blackmon, Parra, Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez will compete for playing time in the Coors Field outfield.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss, asked if he has figured out how to set a lineup with four left- handedhitting outfielders, said: “Not yet. These things tend to work themselves out somehow, someway.”
Blackmon and Dickerson, seemingly more than Gonzalez and Parra, remain in trade talks.
“It’s good to be relevant. It’s nice that somebody is taking enough time to write something about you,” Blackmon said. “I try not to read into it too much. I know it’s out of my control, so I don’t let it get to me. But it’s always good to be something that other teams recognize as, maybe this player could help my club.”