VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
CFL
More
Betting Tools

 
Gonzalez glad to stay with Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Carlos Gonzalez says he has no regrets about his first voyage into free agency.

Advertisement

''I'm glad I'm back. I'm wearing the same uniform I've been wearing for the last nine seasons, which is special,'' the outfielder said Tuesday, a day after his $5 million, one-year deal to stay with the Colorado Rockies was finalized. ''Not a lot of guys can say (they) played 10 years with one organization, with one uniform. That's something that makes me feel very proud.''

The three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner made $20 million in 2017 in the final season of an $80 million, seven-year contract. But as was the case with several prominent free agents, the big contracts didn't materialize and Gonzalez settled for the familiar surroundings of right field at Coors Field.

''I never had that opportunity before,'' Gonzalez said of free agency.'' I signed my seven-year deal when I was in my second year in the big leagues, so I never went through arbitration or free agency. I wanted to see what it was like.''

The 32-year-old's deal allows him to earn an additional $3 million in bonuses based on days of service time: $1 million each for 125, 150 and 175.

With phone calls from Rockies Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and others, Gonzalez said it was an easy decision to return.

''I'm happy it's over,'' he said, ''happy a lot of good players are finding their jobs, getting the opportunity to play the game, that's what matters most.''

Gonzalez slumped for much of last season and hit .262 with 14 homers.

While waiting for a deal, Gonzalez worked out at a gym.

''I did face some pitchers, last Wednesday and Thursday right before I came here,'' he said. ''It was college kids, minor league players that were just throwing out there. I was just tracking pitches and hitting some.''

The Rockies open the season March 29 at Arizona. Gonzalez has a relatively short time to get ready.

''It's probably beneficial that he sees some live pitching and gets multiple times in the batter's box,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''I think that's more practical today, and maybe tomorrow.''

Gonzalez was batting .214 in mid-July of last season but was able to hit like his old self in September as the Rockies made their playoff push. He hit .377 with six homers in the season's final month as Colorado qualified for the final wild-card spot and its first postseason appearance since 2009, Gonzalez's first year with the team.

''I thought that was going to be the case every year,'' Gonzalez said. ''I was like, `Man, this is fun.' But that shows you how hard it is. You got to be able to concentrate and keep your mind right. I think last year was a great example for me, I didn't have the year that I was used to having every year. But I always kept my mind in the same spot, we were having fun and winning.''

That impressed Black, who was in his first year as Rockies manager.

''I saw first-hand last year what a big role he played throughout the course of our year, even at a time when he was struggling, which is a great trait to have and is really admirable. He kept his positivity.''

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· Akins: Diamond Trends - Saturday
· Bookmaker: Wkd Series Prices - Best Bets
· Williams: Weekend Watch
· Lawrence: August Pitchers Report
· A's top Astros in 10, trim AL West deficit
· Carrasco gets 15th win, Indians edge O's
· Bogaerts rallies BoSox to 7-3 win over Rays
· Scherzer wins 16th, Nats belt Marlins 8-2
· Indians' Bauer out six weeks with fracture
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
15-2 G-Plays, 5-0 L5, 16-5 Picks
4-0 +510 GPlays, 7-2 +723 L2 Days
12-3 GPlays, 12-5 Picks, +3,545 TY
7-1, +618 MLB Last 3 Days
7-1 G-Plays, 6-2 L8, 21-8 Streak
11-2, +947 L13 MLB G-Plays
4-2 L6 Picks, +1,891 Net Profits TY
6-3 +441 L9, 13-5 +1,074 L7 Days
30-12 +1,915 Run, 14-5 L19 GPlays
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5 G-Plays, 11-6 L17 Picks
4-1 Friday, 13-6 L19 G-Plays
21-7 L28 Picks, 15-6 L21 G-Plays
5-1, +443 L6 MLB Guarantees
5-1 +437 L2 Days, 15-7 L22 Picks
6-2 L8 Guaranteed Plays
+1,901 Net Profits This Year
10-4, +610 L14 Guarantees
+3,329 MLB Totals This Season
4-0, +418 Last 4 Selections
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners
2018 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 3545
Kyle Hunter + 1901
Zack Cimini + 1891
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1249
The Gold Sheet + 1074
Alex Smart + 1072
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 3329
Alex Smart + 1977
Scott Rickenbach + 1199
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Matt Fargo + 1825
Scott Rickenbach + 1768
Chip Chirimbes + 1603
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kyle Hunter + 2108
Scott Rickenbach + 1618
Chip Chirimbes + 1160
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1736
NeiltheGreek + 1006
Jim Feist + 767
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership