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The Rockies avoid arbitration with Nolan Arenado

Rockies third baseman signs two year deal

The Colorado Rockies announced Friday that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with third baseman Nolan Arenado to avoid arbitration. Additionally, the club announced that they have agreed to terms with outfielder Charlie Blackmon and right-hander Tyler Chatwood on one-year contracts to avoid arbitration.


    * Arenado, 25, played in a career-high 160 games for the Rockies in 2016 and batted .294 (182-for-618) with 35 doubles, six triples, 41 home runs, 133 RBI, 68 walks, 103 strikeouts and two stolen bases. The 41 home runs were tied for most in the National League, tied for sixth-most in the Major Leagues and tied for the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. It was his second consecutive season in which he surpassed the 40 home run plateau, having hit 42 home runs in 2015. The 133 RBI were the most in the Major Leagues (his second consecutive season leading the Major Leagues in RBI), and were the most for a Rockies player in a single season since Matt Holliday’s 137 RBI in 2007.


    * Arenado was selected to his second career and second consecutive NL All-Star roster in 2016 and won his fourth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He became the second player in Major League history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in four consecutive seasons to begin a career, joining Ichiro Suzuki. He ranked first among Major League third basemen in games (160) and assists (378), ranked second in total chances (490), zone rating (.824) and range factor per game (2.98) and third in double plays (39).


    * Originally drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the Newport Beach, Calif., native has a career .285 batting average (613-for-2,152) with 141 doubles, 16 triples, 111 home runs, 376 RBI, 150 walks, 343 strikeouts and eight stolen bases.


    * Blackmon, 30, set career highs in runs (111), hits (187), doubles, (35), home runs (29), RBI (82), batting average (.324, 187-for-578), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.552) in 2016. He ranked third in the National League in runs, fourth in batting average and hits, and fifth in slugging percentage and total bases (319). The 29 home runs as a leadoff hitter were the most in the Major Leagues.


    * Blackmon hit 10 leadoff home runs, which led the Major Leagues. He became just the fifth player in Major League history to record double-digit leadoff home runs in a season, and the third in National League history. He garnered NL Player of the Week honors twice in 2016, and won his first career Silver Slugger award.


    * Originally drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Dallas, Tex., native has a career .298 batting average (667-for-2242) with 345 runs, 119 doubles, 19 triples, 74 home runs, 251 RBI, 134 walks, 384 strikeouts and 101 stolen bases.


·        Chatwood, 27, made 27 starts for the Rockies in 2016 after missing the entire 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA (158.0 IP, 68 ER), 70 walks and 117 strikeouts. On the road, he went 8-1 with a 1.69 ERA (80.0 IP, 15 ER), the lowest road ERA in MLB for the season and the lowest in franchise history. He recorded a club-record 27.2-inning road scoreless streak from April 6-May 21, which was the longest by any Major League pitcher since Wade Davis’ 28.2-inning stretch in 2014.


·        Originally acquired by the Rockies via trade with the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for catcher Chris Iannetta on Nov. 30, 2011, the Redlands, Calif., native is 32-31 with a 4.19 ERA (500 IP, 233 ER), 223 walks and 318 strikeouts across parts of five Major League seasons with the Angels (2011) and Rockies (2012-16).

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