Carlos Gonzalez, 32, has spent 9 of his 10 year Major League career with the Colorado Rockies. Thursday he signed a one year contract to continue with the Club for a 10th season.
Gonzalez finished last season with 14 Home Runs and 57 RBI’s after struggling early on. Up until the middle of July, the Venezuelan native was batting .214, while he continued to adjust his swing and eventually switched his grip. Gonzalez also was suffering from insomnia, and was visiting a sleep specialist to help resolve that issue. Towards the end of the season it would appear as though those two issues being resolved greatly helped, as he finished August and September with a .325 batting average and 8 of his 14 homers coming in those two months. CarGo, as some refer to him as, helped lead the Rockies down the stretch and into the postseason for their first time since 2009.
When the 3-time Gold Glove winner was offered a lucrative 4-year deal last spring, he eventually rejected, gambling to receive a better offer in free agency. Unfortunately, for the Rockies clubhouse, the gamble did not work out for the outfielder.
Nolan Arenado, Rockies third baseman stated, “It would be the greatest thing ever,” when asked about the Rockies bringing the 2010 NL batting champion back. “CarGo kept things light. He was a good balance for guys like me; guys who are kind of serious. . . I think it would be safe to say that everyone here misses him.”
It is no doubt that the Rockies’ clubhouse misses their teammate and leader. Over the previous 9 seasons he has posted 211 home runs, 685 RBI’s and maintained a .292 average. While this contract may only be a year, it would not be a shock to see the 6-foot 1-inch outfielder sign a larger contract with the Colorado organization.
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