Charlie Blackmon avoids arbitration, gets 1-year, $14 million deal from Colorado Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies and All-Star center fielder Charlie Blackmon on Friday agreed to a one-year deal worth $14 million, a source told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, confirming multiple reports.

Blackmon, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, nearly doubled his salary from 2017, when he made $7.3 million.

The 31-year-old slugger finished fifth in National League MVP voting after winning the NL batting title with a .331 average, and he led the majors in hits (213), runs scored (137), triples (14) and total bases (383). He also had 37 home runs and 104 RBIs for the Rockies last season while earning a Silver Slugger Award for the second consecutive season.

Blackmon also set a major league record for most RBIs in a season by a leadoff man, driving in 103 runs from the top spot to best Darin Erstad’s mark of 100 RBIs set in 2000 with the Angels. His 37 home runs from the leadoff spot ranked third all-time behind Alfonso Soriano, who hit 38 with the Yankees in 2002 and 39 with the Nationals in 2006.

In seven seasons, all with Colorado, Blackmon, who also was an All-Star selection in 2014, has 111 home runs and 355 RBIs to go along with his career .305 batting average.



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