Charlie Blackmon, Rockies avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

The Colorado Rockies and center fielder Charlie Blackmon, a North Gwinnett grad, agreed to a one-year deal worth $14 million to avoid salary arbitration, according to multiple reports Friday.

Blackmon, who made $7.3 million in 2017, was a Silver Slugger Award victor for the second straight year. Blackmon is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season.

Blackmon turned in one of the most productive seasons from the leadoff spot in major league history.

Blackmon, 31, led the National League in total bases, hits, batting average and triples in leading the Rockies to the National League Wild Card Game.

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Daily local news headlines from across Gwinnett County. 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.

Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin also signed ahead of arbitration, settling for a one-year, $1,287,500 contract.

Originally selected by the Rockies in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player draft, the Lubbock, Tex., native has gone 25-23 with a 5.01 ERA (416.2 IP, 232 ER), 142 walks and 309 strikeouts in 98 career appearances, 69 starts, with Colorado (2013-17).

With the signing of LeMahieu, the Rockies have signed four out of the five arbitration eligible players that they had. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year.

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