Colorado Rockies and Center Fielder Charlie Blackmon Agree to a Contract Extension

Charlie Blackmon. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like the two times All-Star center fielder Charlie Blackmon will remain with the Colorado Rockies for years to come. The Rockies announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a six-year deal extension with Blackmon, which could see the player remaining with the team through 2023 if Blackman decides to use his player options for the last two years of the contract. Blackman’s previous deal with the Rockies was set to expire after 2018 season.

Although the team didn’t reveal the financial terms of the agreement, ESPN reports that the deal is worth $106 million, while the overall value could be around $116 million with options and incentives included.

I’m very proud,” – said Blackmon after signing the deal. “It’s really hard to play in the big leagues. It’s very hard. For that reason, I think there are a lot of very talented guys that struggle to get the at-bats or the playing time that they need to reach their potential. I’ve been thankful enough to have those at-bats and be able to play enough baseball and keep getting better and learning more about my body and how to play the game is important. That’s part of what drives me.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said that there were several reasons why the team gave Blackmon contract extension including the fact that he is one of the elite players in the game now and that he has spent his entire professional career with the organization.

Charlie Blackmon already started paying off this big contract. In the first five games of the 2018 season, the 31-year-old hit four home runs and has a batting average of .316.