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Rockies making huge splash

Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 8:07 am
Troy Tulowitzki
The Rockies have seldom been major players in the free-agent market, but they definitely have a track record for taking care of their own. And Monday night, word broke that they are on the brink of making a couple of major commitments.

The big one is essentially a lifetime deal for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He's already wrapped up through 2014, but the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are set to give him a seven-year extension worth $134 million that would take him through the 2020 season, when he'll be 36. It's an extraordinary move to commit guaranteed money to a player 10 years in advance, but the Rockies are gambling he'll be a perennial All-Star and in the end the deal will prove to be a bargain.

Tulowitzki was nothing short of phenomenal in 2010, leading all MLB shortstops in average (.315), on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.568) and home runs (27). He missed more than a month after his wrist was broken by a pitch, or he might have put up some record-breaking numbers. He hit an insane 15 September home runs with 40 RBI. And by the way, he's also considered by many the best defensive shortstop in the game.

Hall of Famer Tracy Ringolsby of says that in addition to the existing contract, Tulo's new deal activates his 2014 club option at $14 million and adds $119 million for six additional years.

It will go down as a footnote now, but the Rockies also are poised to re-sign left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, which just a week ago seemed extremely unlikely. Troy Renck of the Post says it's unclear whether it will be a two- or three-year deal (things were thought to have broken down with De La Rosa's insistence on a four-year deal, but apparently the market was softer than he thought), which in the latter case would be worth about $30 million.

Big, big night for the Rockies.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:57 pm
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Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:51 pm

Rockies making huge splash

Does anyone remember when Kevin Brown signed a 105 million dollar contract and that number was eye-popping? How times have every young all-star expects 150 million +. Contracts are inflated because the Yankees over spend and agents use those contracts as a base-line when negotiating. The result: small market teams either lose their star, or sign him to a crippling deal. Ticket prices go through the roof just so teams can have a remotely competitive lineup, and every year the yankees set the bar higher, signing new players to rediculous contracts. What a disgrace to the game.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:24 pm

Rockies making huge splash

Tulo a Rockie through 2020:  and the Rockies have agreed to a new contract that guarantees the All-Star shortstop an additional $132 million over seven seasons through 2020. Tulowitzki already had been guaranteed $25.75 million through 2013 under the $31 million, six-year contract he agreed to in January 2008. With the new contract, which includes a club option for 2021, Tulowitzki is guaranteed $157.75 million over 10 seasons, according to contract information obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Under the new deal, he receives $16 million in 2014, $20 million in each of the following five seasons and $14 million in 2020. Colorado gets a $14 million option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.

So he wont be making 20 Million until he is 30 for 5 years than drops to 14 the last year when he is 36 thats actually pretty good for Colorado and if that number is correct... 157.75 over 10 years from hear on out thats 15.775 a year for his services. Hope he keeps it up and come 2020 at age 36 he doesn't want to do the same BS one SS is trying to pull off right now I wont say his name but first letter is D and end  in erek lmao.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:05 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:32 pm

Rockies making huge splash

Best shortstop in the game right now (sorry, Hanley), heading into the prime of his career.  20 million seems to be the number right now per season for guys who are considered to be bona fide all stars and the Rockies, much to their credit, decided Tulowitzki was worth it.  If he simply continues to produce at his established offensive levels he would be looking for A Rod type money come free agency and if he continues to improve over the next few years he would certainly get a whole lot more then 20 million per from any one of the usual free agent spenders.  
More fuel for the Yankees argument that what they've offered Jeter is more than generous, they should send Tulo and the Rockies a thank you note for setting the bar below 20 million.       

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Rockies making huge splash

This effectively makes Miguel Cabrera's contract with the Tigers a bargain.
Absolutely true.  Miguel's contract is already a bargain in my opinion and soon enough he'll appear to be underpaid, even at 20 million dollars per year.  He only had a good hitter bat behind him for half the season and after that had NOBODY to protect him.  He led the majors in intentional walks and many many more that didn't get recorded as intentional but clearly were.  And then don't forget when Maggs got hurt he had nobody in front of him either aside for a .300 leadoff hitter, nobody else was worth a nickel.  Yet he still put up ridiculous numbers and came in 2nd in the voting for MVP.

If the Tigers surround that guy with players, he'll destroy this league.  He'll hit 330 to 340 with 40 plus home runs and probably between 130-140 rbi's.   He's THAT good.  The only player in MLB I even think compares to him is Pujols.  Nobody else. It's not even close.

Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:35 pm

Rockies making huge splash

This effectively makes Miguel Cabrera's contract with the Tigers a bargain.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:29 pm

Rockies making huge splash

Fuck You eichler34. You don't know what you are talking about in regards to Helton. Show some proof or shut the fuck up.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:14 pm

Rockies making huge splash

Helton was on Steroids, which made him a huge power threat at the time.  A lot of owners got burned signing roided out players to long term deals before 2005.  Tulo is just a stud.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:21 am

Rockies making huge splash

Aren't the Rockies still regretting doing something like this for Helton?  He was one of the few best hitters in the game when he got his big deal

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