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Rockies Lock Up Charlie Blackmon Through Potentially 2023

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Charlie “Chuck Nazty” Blackmon is staying put in Colorado for a while.

On Wednesday, the Rockies announced that they had agreed on a six-year deal with their leadoff hitter which could keep him in Colorado until 2023.

Blackmon, the reigning National League batting champion, signed a $14 million deal this offseason to avoid arbitration, and would’ve been a free agent after the season.

Through 2019-22, Blackmon will make $21 million per year, and $10 million in 2023.

The final two years on Blackmon’s new deal are player options. Assuming he exercises both of them, he’ll make a minimum of $108 million through 2023, with incentives that could bump it up to $116 million.

“I’m very proud,” said Blackmon. “It’s really hard to play in the big leagues. It’s very hard. For that reason, I think there are a lot of very talented guys that struggle to get the at-bats or the playing time that they need to reach their potential.

“I’ve been thankful enough to have those at-bats and be able to play enough baseball and keep getting better, and learning more about my body and how to play the game is important. That’s part of what drives me.”

Blackmon, 31, led the majors with 213 hits, 14 triples, 387 total bases, and 137 runs scored last year, while hitting .331/.399/.601 with 37 home runs and 104 RBIs.

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Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL

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The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation, according to an official team announcement.

Anderson, 29, has struggled to start the season, giving up 11 runs over his first 2 starts of the 2019 campaign.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A.

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Rockies Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Colorado Rockies have signed left hander Jorge De La Rosa who was brought back to the organization via a minors deal.

De La Rosa, 38, spent 9 years with the Rockies, pitching to the tune of a 4.35 ERA during that span, and spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs.

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Rockies Call Up Pat Valaika

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The Colorado Rockies have called up infielder Pat Valaika to fill the roster spot of the injured Daniel Murphy, according to The Athletic’s Nick Groke.

Valaika is coming off a red hot Spring Training in which he clubbed 4 homers in 49 at bats.

At this time is appears as though Valaika will serve in a bench role, as Ryan McMahon will take Murphy’s starting job during his absence.

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