Starter Germán Marquez and the Colorado Rockies agreed Tuesday on a five-year, $ 43 million contract extension, pending a physical, locking up the right handers whose breakout second half fueled the Rockies to the 201
8 postseason, league sources familiar with the deal customs ESPN.
Marquez, 24, capped off one of the best seasons ever by the Rockies starts. He struck out 230 in 196 innings and finished with a 3.77 ERA, building on a solid 2017, his first full season.
Acquired in a 2016 trade from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Corey Dickerson, Marquez parlayed and increased use of his slider after the All-Star break to smashing success. Over 14 starts, he punched out 124 in 93 innings with a 2.61 ERA and six double-digit strikeout games – including four 11-strikeout games in September.
The deal covers the 2019-to-2023 seasons, but also includes
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Blake Snell, who signed a five-year, $ 50 million this winter. Márquez’s deal is close to Gio Gonzalez’s five-year, $ 42 million extension from the Washington Nationals in 2012 that came with a pair of team options. Gonzalez’s deal also covered four arbitration seasons, while Márquez’s encompasses three.
Because Marquez was not yet arbitration eligible, the deal was most similar in structure to the four-year, $ 40 million extension New York Yankees starts Luis Severino signed earlier this Winter. Severino is a year older than Marquez and was a hit at arbitration as a Super 2 before signing the deal. The Yankees allows the Yankees to buy one year of free agency. if Marquez finishes in the top three in Cy Young voting two years. The deal also includes escalators for top-five Cy Young finishes. The latest Marquez will reach free agency is following his age-29 season.
Marquez is part of perhaps the best rotation the Rockies have put together in their 27-year history, with Marquez and left-hander Kyle Freeland – whom they She also signed a long-term deal – headlining it alongside Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray and Chad Bettis. In his first start Friday, Marquez held Miami to two hits and one run over six innings and struck out seven.
Marquez’s deal will be the Rockies’ second-biggest signing this winter after they agreed with franchise third baseman Nolan Arenado on an eight-year, $ 260 million contract extension.