Now that Carlos Gonzalez’s seven-year contract extension with the Rockies is finalized Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the specifics of the $80 million deal:
2011 – $1 million
2012 – $5 million
2013 – $7.5 million
2014 – $10.5 million
2015 – $16 million
2016 – $17 million
2017 – $20 million
Gonzalez also gets a $3 million signing bonus and the contract stipulates that he’ll receive an “assignment bonus” of $1 million any time he’s traded.
Basically the Rockies gave Gonzalez a sizable increase on what he would’ve made in his final pre-arbitration season in 2011, pre-paid around $25 million for his three years of arbitration, and then bought out his first three seasons of free agency for about $53 million.
If he continues to play at an MVP level the deal will look like a bargain, as the Rockies could potentially save money every year after 2012, but it still represents a very risky upfront commitment to a player who was already under team control through 2014 anyway.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.
Yadier Molina suffered a mild ligament tear in his left thumb on September 20, but the Cardinals announced Monday that they remain “optimistic” he’ll be on the roster for the upcoming NLDS.
Molina visited a hand specialist Monday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll have a custom splint built in hopes that he’ll be able to hit and catch. He’s still not 100 percent, but even a limited Molina could be better than the alternative. That would be Tony Cruz in this case.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Wild Card game between the Cubs and the Pirates. Game 1 of the NLDS will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis.