On the deadline day for salary arbitration, the Rockies re-signed three key roster pieces to one-year deals for the 2021 season.
Colorado re-signed right-hander Jon Gray ($6 million), southpaw Kyle Freeland ($5.025M) and infielder Ryan McMahon ($2.375M) to avoid arbitration, a major league source confirmed.
The return of Gray and Freeland rounds out the four cemented starters in the Rockies’ five-man rotation for 2021. Right-hander and likely opening day starter German Marquez is under contract through 2024, while Colorado also previously re-signed Antonio Senzatela for $3 million.
Meanwhile, McMahon brings back his versatility to the infield and will likely be the Rockies’ opening day starter at second base (where he’s made consecutive opening day starts) or at first base.
The Rockies have now reached one-year deals with eight arbitration-eligible players. In addition to Friday’s deals and Senzatela, Colorado’s also re-signed righty Mychal Givens ($4.05 million), righty Daniel Bard ($2.925M); catcher Elias Diaz ($1.2M, $300k in incentives) and righty Jairo Diaz ($1.1M).
With the Rockies’ 11 a.m. arbitration deadline passed, the remaining arbitration-eligible players without a contract are righty relievers Carlos Estévez and Robert Stephenson, as well as outfielder Raimel Tapia.
Colorado’s only had four arbitration hearings in franchise history: lefty reliever Dennys Reyes in 2002, righty reliever Sun-Woo Kim in 2006, lefty reliever Brian Fuentes in 2008 and catcher Wilin Rosario in 2015. Only Reyes won his case.
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