Colorado Rockies Sign Carlos Gonzalez to Seven-year Extension

David MartinAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2011

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 27:  Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies warms up on deck as he prepares to take an at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 25, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 3-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado Rockies fans everywhere are currently pinching themselves.

According to multiple reports, including from his own publicist, the Rockies have signed five-tool player Carlos Gonzalez to a seven-year, $80 million deal.

There has been noise out of Venezuela throughout the offseason that the Rockies were in talks with Gonzalez about signing a long-term deal. However, excitement about signing any deal that took the 24-year-old beyond his arbitration years was tempered due to the fact the center fielder is represented by super-agent Scott Boras.

Boras is well known for waiting until his clients have hit the free-agent market, allowing them to maximize their dollar amount when every team can compete for their services.

However, it appears that the appeal of the Rockies commitment to winning, despite playing in a medium-market, won Gonzalez over.

The deal is pending a physical that Gonzalez will reportedly take on Wednesday in Denver.

With Troy Tulowitzki signed through 2020, the Rockies have now locked up their two best hitters for the foreseeable future. It also officially ends the pessimists saying that the Rockies ownership group is cheap and doesn't care about winning.

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