Following up on this morning’s item about how the Rockies may now look to give extensions to other players, Augusto Cárdenas of Venezuela’s Diario Panorama reports that Scott Boras — Gonzalez’s agent — and the Rockies are currently negotiating a long term extension.
The Rockies are certainly wanting to get ahead of the game, no? Gonzalez has one full and two partial seasons under his belt and is not yet even eligible for arbitration. Still, this would be a good time to get him locked up through his arbitration years. Which is an approach Scott Boras has never been a big fan of — he prefers his clients to wait it out and hit the market — but if he’s negotiating such a deal now, Gonzalez is clearly wanting such a deal. Or it simply could be an arbitration-only deal that still allows him to hit the market. In which case I’d have to ask why the Rockies are interested, but let’s leave that until we know more.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.