Charlie Blackmon, Rockies Agree to $14 Million Deal

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

National League batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $14 million contract on Friday.

The 31-year-old center fielder will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.

Thursday, left-handed reliever Chris Rusin avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal worth $1,287,500.

Rusin will reportedly earn $1.28 million and Bettis will earn $2 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The 31-year-old leadoff slugger almost doubled his salary from last season when he made $7.3 million. He was an All-Star selection in 2014 and again in 2017, when he finished fifth in National League MVP voting. His 102 RBIs from the top of the order surpassed Darin Erstad's previous major league record of 100 set with the Angeles in 2000.

Bettis, 28, made nine starts for the Rockies in 2017 after recovering from a testicular cancer diagnosis received in the offseason, going 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA (46.1 IP, 26 ER), 11 walks and 30 strikeouts.

Blackmon has been a member of the Rockies organization since he was drafted in the second round in 2008.

With the signing of LeMahieu, the Rockies have signed four out of the five arbitration eligible players that they had. Rusin's was a bit lower than the $1.4 million projection.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

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