Plan B is evaporated for the Yankees.
Nolan Arenado and the Rockies have agreed on a $ 260 million, eight-year deal that would keep the slugger out of the free agent market next season.
The Yankees have more affinities with Arenado than Manny Machado. This was not one of the main reasons why they did not pursue Machado aggressively. They were worried about adding another 10-year contract after importing the remaining 10 years of Giancarlo Stanton's contract during the last season. They thought that Miguel Andujar, finalist of the AL, had the ability to improve his defense and give them a long-term answer in third place, for a fraction of the cost.
But in the calculation, Arenado could be available in the low season if Andujar did not progress.
This belief however began to fade considerably when Arenado avoided arbitration on February 1 by signing a one-year contract and endowed with $ 26 million – the largest single-season payment never organized for a player eligible for arbitration. The feeling was that an audience had been avoided, so that hard feelings would not arise, and ownership of the Rockies clearly revealed from there that the goal was to finalize a long-term agreement with Arenado.
To ensure one of the best third-base players of all time, Colorado gave Arenado an average record ($ 32.5 million) for a position player. The previous record was $ 31 million for Miguel Cabrera. The record will probably not last long, as Bryce Harper is still a free agent.
This contract, along with the $ 325 million record deal signed by Stanton with the Marlins for $ 325 million, was negotiated by Joel Wolfe of the Wasserman Media Group. Like Stanton, after six years, Arenado has chosen not to participate after three seasons, while he has just played his 30-year season. There is no certainty that Arenado will end his career in the Rockies.
Still, it was an attempt by the Rockies to keep the player who could become the best in their history. Colorado made only one major league playoff expense during the off-season – Daniel Murphy for 24 years – for $ 24 million – because he wanted to know about Arenado's financial future before make other important expenses.
The Rockies tied up Charlie Blackmon for six years for $ 108 million, while he started what would have been his year of walking last season. Colorado will now be organizing around a duo that helped it qualify for the playoffs in 2017-18, the first time the Rockies have qualified for the playoffs in consecutive years . Bud Black was also rewarded with a three-year extension announced Monday.
The call from his hometown was obvious: he played six seasons in the Rockies and won a gold glove in the last six. He then progressed slowly in the vote of the NL's most valuable player from eighth to fifth place.
Thus, Colorado has made him the richest player, annual average, a week after San Diego gave Machado the biggest win ($ 300 million) of all time. Neither pact was signed by financial giant Dodgers, who met Harper Sunday night in Las Vegas. Under baseball president Andrew Friedman, Los Angeles has not acted imprudently yet, and some believe the Dodgers are not bothered by the small-market division teams signing this type of pact, which will leave them uncomfortable. less flexible for other maneuvers. In the future.
However, the Arenado contract represents Harper's latest goal – the average of $ 32.5 million, although executioner and agent Scott Boras likely envisioned Zack Greinke's largest annual transaction ($ 34.42 million) and the largest Stanton pact of all types ($ 325 million). Philadelphia continues to be considered the favorite at a time when the ranks of free agents next year have become a little less attractive.
Aaron Hicks and Arenado signed long-term extensions on the first two business days of the week before starting their walking years. The Nationals have indicated that they would like to do the same with Anthony Rendon, who would now be the solitary third-star player available in the league in the off-season. Rendon is represented by Boras, who often does not sign his players in the long run before free will.
The Red Sox, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Sale, the Astros, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, the Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt and the Yankees, Didi Gregorius, are also vying to become free agents after 2019.