Gonzalez glad to stay with Rockies, even at a discount

From FOX Sports - March 13, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)Carlos Gonzalez says he has no regrets about his first voyage into free agency.

Im glad Im back. Im wearing the same uniform Ive been wearing for the last nine seasons, which is special, the outfielder said Tuesday, a day after his $5 million, one-year deal to stay with the Colorado Rockies was finalized. Not a lot of guys can say (they) played 10 years with one organization, with one uniform. Thats something that makes me feel very proud.

The three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner made $20 million in 2017 in the final season of an $80 million, seven-year contract. But as was the case with several prominent free agents, the big contracts didnt materialize and Gonzalez settled for the familiar surroundings of right field at Coors Field.

I never had that opportunity before, Gonzalez said of free agency. I signed my seven-year deal when I was in my second year in the big leagues, so I never went through arbitration or free agency. I wanted to see what it was like.

The 32-year-olds deal allows him to earn an additional $3 million in bonuses based on days on the active roster.

With phone calls from Rockies Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and others, Gonzalez said it was an easy decision to return.

Im happy its over, he said, happy a lot of good players are finding their jobs, getting the opportunity to play the game, thats what matters most.

Gonzalez slumped for much of last season and hit .262 with 14 homers.

While waiting for a deal, Gonzalez worked out at a gym.


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