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.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.