According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Colorado Rockies and Charlie Blackmon avoided arbitration on Friday by signing a $14 million contract for the 2018 season.
Blackmon is in his final year of team control and can become a free agent after this season.
The two-time All-Star and 2017 National Batting Champion had a career year last season. Amassing a 6.0 WAR with a .331/.399/.601 slashline, 37 home runs and 104 RBI Blackmon finished fifth in National League MVP voting. His numbers historically good for a leadoff-hitting center fielder.
Blackmon's biggest payday came last season where he made $7.3 million, he's accumulated $12.3 million over the course of his career. Meaning Blackmon will make more next season than he has in his first seven seasons combined.
The left-handed hitting Blackmon was projected to make between $13-14 million in 2018 While it may seem like a high third-year arbitration deal—because it is—on the open market Blackmon would make between $25-30 million a season with how good he's performed recently.
Just this week ESPN named Blackmon the second best centerfielder in baseball, something we at BSN Denver have claimed for about 16 months.
Over his 764 career games, he's batted .305 with 111 homers and 355 RBI. The longtime Rockies center fielder is likely to lose his old corner partner Carlos Gonzalez but he should be replaced by the youthful duo of David Dahl and Raimel Tapia.