Tag:Carlos Gonzalez
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:25 pm

CarGo out with sore back

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos GonzalezCarlos Gonzalez is out of the Rockies' lineup for tonight's game against the Cubs with a stiff lower back.

Gonzalez told Troy Renck of the Denver Post he should be fine tomorrow.

Gonzalez has struggled so far this season, hitting just .241/.288/.333 with one homer. That, he said, has nothing to do with his back.

"I am not swinging at strikes. I need to get back to that, and be more patient," he said. "I am playing good defense, but I am not helping the team offensively at all."

Gonzalez has just one hit in 14 at-bats against left-handers, and is hitting .300/.364/.425 against right-handers. His lone homer was against Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey on Thursday. He'll miss right-hander Casey Coleman tonight, but he'll face right-hander Ryan Dempster if he's able to play tomorrow.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 6:11 pm

CarGo to stay in left this season

Carlos GonzalezWhile I'm of the belief that outfield Gold Gloves should be rewarded for each of the three positions in the outfield, rather than just a generic "outfield" spot, last season Carlos Gonzalez seemed to earn his working at all three spots. The Gold Glover started 55 games in center, 51 in left and 34 in right.

This season, Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants Gonzalez to be a left field and a left fielder only.

"He's earned it," Tracy told reporters, according to the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong. "You have to show respect for the player."

Not that it seems to bother Gonzalez.

"I'm here to play whatever he wants me to play," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure if he needs a right fielder, I'll be the first person to say I'll play there. I'm here to help the team."

Dexter Fowler will be the team's everyday center fielder, while the right field spot may be up in the air. The Rockies hope Seth Smith wins the job in spring, but if he doesn't, Ryan Spilborghs and Ty Wigginton could see time there.

Last season, Gonzalez was best in left field, according to UZR/150, recording a 12.6 rating there. He had a -8.6 UZR/150 in center and -18.6 in right. His career UZR/150 ratings are a little better, 13.3 in left, 3.7 in center and 0.8 in right. He finished 10th in the Fielding Bible Awards among left fielders last season. 

As for the Gold Glove? Well, we all know the bat is a big part of that -- and no matter where he plays, Gonzalez certainly brings his bat. He finished with .336/.376/.598 with 34 home runs and 117 RBI last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 6:41 am

Getting to know the Rockies

Troy TulowitzkiMVP

You can take your pick and probably not be wrong, as the Rockies have two of the best position players in the game and one of the best pitchers. With apologies to Carlos Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies' best player and MVP is shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki combines a great bat (.315/.381/.568 with 27 homers and 95 RBI last year), with defense both the Gold Glove voters and stats folks agree is among the best in the game and a killer mullet. 

PLAYER ORACLE -- Dale Murphy to Dexter Fowler

Dale Murphy played with Paul Assenmacher for the 1986 Atlanta Braves

Paul Assenmacher played with Alan Embree for the 1995 Cleveland Indians

Alan Embree played with Dexter Fowler for the 2009 Colorado Rockies


The boys from South Park reach the Colorado state Little League finals at the Rockies' Coors Field, only to have the game interrupted by two fighting parents. Stan's dad Randy, like Jonny Gomes, sings You're the Best Around during his fight.

The Losing Edge

In the next season, the boys go to a game at Coors Field (which is more accurately depicted) to interview new friends (to replace, of course, the deceased Kenny), only to see Professor Chaos show up on the scoreboard and threaten to flood the world (with his garden hose).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:07 pm

Cargo deal to become official soon

Carlos Gonzalez While all the headlines have been written and we've all reacted to the Carlos Gonzalez long-term deal, the deal will likely become official today with a news conference on Tuesday, Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post writes .

Gonzalez resolved his visa issues and flew to Denver on Sunday and will take his physical today, finalizing the seven-year, $80 million deal.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:21 pm

Rockies agree to extension with Cargo

It appears the Rockies will lock up Carlos Gonzalez in addition to Troy Tulowitzki. There had been talks about Gonzalez signing an extension, and according to a Twitter account tied to Gonzalez, the two sides are close.

Here's what Twitter has to say on the matter, including @CarGoMedia5 and the Denver Post 's Troy Renck :

UPDATE: It appears the deal is done, pending a physical.

The deal, if seven years as reported, would put Gonzalez, 25, under team control through 2017. Tulowitzki is locked up through 2020. The Rockies paid a high price with a declining Todd Helton, who singed a nine-year extension through 2011 worth $141.5 million in 2001. Helton signed an extension that reworked the final years of that contract last March, paying him $9.9 million for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, with deferred money through 2023. Gonzalez will be 32 when this contract expires, which isn't over-the-hill as far as free-agent contracts go, as Jayson Werth proved this off-season. However, in seven years, the Werth deal could be a cautionary tale.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:20 pm

Rockies mum on possible Cargo extension

Carlos Gonzalez For the second time in eight weeks, the Rockies aren't commenting on Venezuelan reports that the team is close to signing Carlos Gonzalez to a multi-year contract, MLB.com's Thomas Harding writes .

A Rockies official told Harding that there's an offer on the table and has been for some time.

El Nacional in Caracas reported Friday that Gonzalez had gone to the capital to deal with visa arrangements for a trip to Denver on Wednesday. The newspaper says the contract will be "$78 or $80 million."

Before Christmas, a radio reporter in Venezuela tweeted that Gonzalez had reached a seven-year, $80 million deal.

Any long-term deal would be against the usual strategy for Gonzalez's agent, Scott Boras. Gonzalez, 25, isn't eligible for free agency until 2014 at the earliest. Gonzalez hit .336/.376/.598 with 34 home runs and 117 RBI last season and has blossomed at Coors Field, where he's hit .356/.405/.687 with 33 home runs in his three-year career.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 23, 2010 6:00 pm

No truth to Gonzalez extension rumor

There was a minor panic in the Twitterverse when a Spanish-language tweet, which apparently was from a Venezuelan radio reporter, said Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez had signed a seven-year, $80 million contract.

Right off the bat it didn't make any sense, because Gonzalez's agent is Scott Boras. Locking up a player for that long at such a low number doesn't seem like something he'd do, and he's not prone to letting teams buy out his clients' free-agent years. A seven-year deal would cover two seasons after Gonzalez could become a free agent.

Well, Troy Renck of the Denver Post quickly tracked down someone who knows about the player's contract situation, and that person said there's nothing to the report. The Rockies want to come to a long-term agreement with Gonzalez, but there's no deal.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:59 am

Rockies hopeful in extending Gonzalez

Gonzalez The Rockies are hopeful they can sign outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a long-term extension, but owner Dick Monfort isn't sure how the roadblock will affect things.

The roadblock in this case is superagent Scott Boras, who prefers his players to test free agency.

But Monfort has a pretty good case for Gonzalez re-upping as he tells the Denver Post .

"I haven't talked directly with Carlos, but I know he likes it here. And as a player, I would like to know that Troy Tulowitzki is going to be hitting behind me forever. And I would like that I don't have to play center field every day because we already have a gazelle out there [in Dexter Fowler]."

To hear Boras tell it, however, he's just following orders.

"We've signed players before prior to free agency. We listen to clubs and offers and Carlos is very happy playing in Colorado and enjoys his teammates," Boras said. "And if the prospect of that is something that Carlos wants to pursue and it's something that he thinks is economically suitable for him, we would look into it.

"I don't know what specific path there is to take in this, but each case you look at individually. And then you listen to the team's needs and go through it, and then we try to map out a mutual situation, if that's possible."

However, Monfort reveals that GM Dan O'Dowd has spoken to Boras about a long-term deal and there is a "country separation" between both sides even as Venezuelan reports had Gonzalez telling reporters that a 10-year deal was on the table and he wanted a no-trade clause. That hints at someone who wants to sign with the club and stay in town.

It's no surprise Boras wants to wait the negotiations out especially after outfielder Jayson Werth received a head-scratching seven-year, $126 million deal. Carl Crawford also will ink a seven-year, $142 million pact with the Red Sox. That means Gonzalez could be in line for a massive payday once he hits free agency. In fact, once his salary skyrockets in arbitration, Colorado may be forced to deal the youngster.

Gonzalez will be arbitration-eligible after the 2011 season, so has one more year at the major-league minimum salary.

-- Evan Brunell

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