Arenado agrees to 8-year contract with Rockies

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The contract was also the fourth-largest overall in baseball history, eclipsed only by Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins in 2014, Manny Machado's 10-year, $300 million free agent deal with the San Diego Padres last week and Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million deal with the New York Yankees in 2007. Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed.

Arenado chose the certainty and potential of the Rockies over the uncertainty of a free-agent market that's been hard to predict in the past couple of seasons.

Arenado's new deal with Colorado will run through 2026, but could also allow him to hit free-agency in just three years with an opt-out clause built in his new contract.

That hasn't been lost on Arenado, who recently said: "There are some really good baseball players out there, and it is insane to think some of these teams don't need them".

The length and structure of the deal was important to the Rockies. "That was a lot of our discussion was the length and the term of the contract", Rockies owner Dick Montfort said. The main concern from the franchise's standpoint wasn't whether the third baseman was worth the money, but rather making sure they would get full value out of Arenado over the length of the contract. "Our high price or All-Star players need to be on the field". "He's the best I've ever seen [at third base]", Helton said.

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The past few weeks have seen a flurry of long-term extensions, and the state of free agency is nearly certainly a motivating factor.

"That was the only real risk that he felt, is there is risk in down performance". "We talked about Trevor Bauer's injury, where the guy was going to have a Cy Young-caliber season and then gets a comebacker and breaks his leg".

Under this deal, he will average $32.5 million per season. He's earned a Gold Glove in each of his six major league seasons.

Kershaw wound up signing a three-year extension with the Dodgers, bypassing the chance to become a free agent for a second time in his career.

"I grew up here in this organisation, so it feels like home in a way". "I love playing with this group".

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