Rockies, CF Blackmon avoid arbitration with $14M deal

The Colorado Rockies and center fielder Charlie Blackmon agreed to a one-year deal worth $14 million to avoid salary arbitration, according to multiple reports Friday.

The 31-year-old leadoff slugger nearly doubled his salary from last season when he made $7.3 million. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.

Blackmon hit .331 with 37 home runs and 104 RBIs for the Rockies last season. He set a major league record for most RBIs in a season by a leadoff hitter with 103 and his 37 homers from the leadoff spot ranked third all-time behind Alfonso Soriano, who hit 38 with the New York Yankees in 2002 and 39 with the Washington Nationals in 2006.

In seven major league seasons, all with the Rockies, Blackmon has 111 home runs and 355 RBIs along with a career .305 batting average. He was an All-Star selection in 2014 and again in 2017, when he finished fifth in National League MVP voting.

–Field Level Media

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