Ryan McMahon, Rockies agree to 6-year, $70M contract

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Infielder Ryan McMahon and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a six-year, $70 million contract that avoided salary arbitration.

McMahon gets $5 million this season, $9 million in 2023, $12 million in each of the following two seasons and $16 million in each of the last two years.

He can opt out of the contract following the 2025 season and become a free agent if he finishes among the top five in MVP voting in any year from 2022-24. He can opt out after the 2026 season if he finishes among the top five in MVP voting in 2025.

The 27-year-old had been eligible for arbitration ahead of this season and next, and could have become a free agent after the 2023 season.

McMahon set career bests last year with a .254 average and 86 RBIs, and he had 23 homers, one shy of his high. He has a .243 career average with 61 homers and 215 RBIs.

He is primarily a third baseman and second baseman but also plays first and occasionally shortstop.

Six Rockies remain eligible for arbitration: right-handers Carlos Estevez, Peter Lambert and Robert Stephenson, left-hander Kyle Freeland, second baseman Garrett Hampson and outfielder Raimel Tapia.