The Colorado Rockies and center fielder Charlie Blackmon have avoided arbitration by settling on a $14 million deal, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports.
Blackmon is off a season in which he hit .331, good for second in the entire league and tops in the National League. It was a big year for the veteran outfielder, who notched single-season career-high marks with 37 homers, 14 doubles, 104 RBIs, 65 walks and 213 hits all while playing in a single-season career-high 159 regular-season games. Blackmon, of course, earned an All-Star Game bid, the second of his big league career after first being named to the showcase back in 2014.
It was the second consecutive campaign hitting better than .300 for Blackmon, who also did so in 2013 when he appeared in 82 games. There was somewhat a logjam in the outfield that season, until the Rockies decided to trade Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros, giving Blackmon an opportunity to earn regular innings in center field. That’s exactly what the 31-year-old did en route to hitting .288 alongside 49 extra-base hits and 2.1 WAR.
After wrapping up his collegiate career at Georgia Tech, Blackmon was selected in the second round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He was called up midway through the 2011 season, a campaign that culminated in 27 appearances for the Dallas native.
Colorado’s offense plated 5.08 runs per game last season, good for third in the majors. After finishing 87-75 during the regular season, the Rockies made it to the National League Wild Card Game, only to be bounced by the rival Arizona Diamondbacks.