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Report: Rockies sign German Márquez to five-year, $43 million contract extension

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Extension season continues. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and starter German Márquez have agreed to a five-year, $43 million contract extension, pending a physical. Passan adds that the deal includes a club option that can become a mutual option if Márquez has two top-three finishes in Cy Young balloting.

Márquez, 24, would have become eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season and would have had three years of eligibility. If we assume the extension begins next season, it effectively covers those three years plus two of his free agent years. Márquez is earning a salary just above the major league minimum this season, $565,000.

Márquez impressed last season, finishing 14-11 with a 3.77 ERA and a 230/57 K/BB ratio in 196 innings. That he did so pitching half his games in Coors Field is even more impressive. His adjusted ERA, or ERA+, ranked 21st among starters who qualified for the ERA title last season. ERA+ accounts for park and league factors.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”