Nolan Arenado, Rockies Officially Agree to 8-Year Contract Extension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2019

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado yells as he circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Denver. The Rockies won 12-0. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Nolan Arenado is off the market after the Colorado Rockies signed their All-Star third baseman to an eight-year contract extension, the Rockies announced Tuesday.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Arenado will receive $260 million over the life of the deal. ESPN.com's Jeff Passan provided more of the details:

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BREAKING: Third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year, contract extension worth more than $255M, league sources tell ESPN. Deal includes an opt-out after three years, would give Arenado the largest per-year salary of any position player.

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Nolan Arenado’s deal includes a full no-trade clause, league sources tell ESPN.

Arenado was set to become one of the top free agents available after the 2019 season. The 27-year-old set an arbitration record in February when he received $26 million for one year.

After the Rockies were able to secure a one-year deal with Arenado, owner Dick Monfort said he was optimistic the two sides would find common ground on a long-term extension.

"I'm optimistic that we are close enough that something will come about," Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. "It's in Nolan's hands, but my last impression with him is that this is something he wants to do."

The Rockies haven't been shy about handing out long-term deals in an attempt to extend their playoff window. Charlie Blackmon agreed to an extension in April that runs through at least 2021. They tried to fortify their bullpen before the start of 2018 by signing Bryan Shaw, Wade Davis and Jake McGee.

Even though Shaw, Davis and McGee struggled in their first season in Colorado, the team advanced to the National League Division Series. The Rockies have made the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons, though they're still looking for their first postseason win since 2009.

Arenado is Colorado's franchise player and will lead the team as far as it is going to go. He has won the Gold Glove in each of his first six seasons, been named to the NL All-Star team four times and finished in the top 10 of MVP voting every season from 2015 to '18.

Rather than take the risk of being outbid for Arenado's services next offseason, the Rockies secured a commitment from their superstar.

He's at an age when a long-term extension figures to age well, and the front office can now focus on adding players around him to keep the team among the best in the NL for a long time to come.