The Colorado Rockies and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez have agreed to a one year deal, according to multiple reports. Bob Nightengale says it is for $8 million. This is on the heels of Mike Moustakas, another free agent who found the market to be unfavorable, returning to his original team, the Royals, on a one year deal yesterday.
Gonzalez has generally been a solid contributor for the Rockies since coming over to the club from Oakland in the Matt Holliday trade after the 2008 season. Gonzalez had originally signed as an amateur with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was sent by the D-Backs to Oakland as part of a six player package for Dan Haren in the 2007-08 offseason.
2017 was a down year for Gonzalez, however, as he put up a .22/.339/.423 slash line that resulted in him grading out as roughly replacement level. In a market where there wasn’t much demand for corner oufielders, Gonzalez didn’t have many suitors, and so he now returns to Colorado for a year.
It will be interesting to see how the Rockies manage the playing time for their outfielders, with Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon, Raimel Tapia, Gerardo Parra, and (if he’s healthy) David Dahl all in the mix.