By Tuesday morning, after the Rockies began finalizing the terms of a rich and long-term contract with All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, Monfort put to rest any doubt that he might ever commit again to a superstar player.
Arenado's new deal with Colorado will run through 2026, but could also allow him to hit free-agency in just three years with an opt-out clause built in his new contract.
The overall value of Arenado's deal will fall short of the $300 million Manny Machado received from the San Diego Padres, but will top Machado's $30 million a year salary. Others slated to be free agents that winter include Houston Astros pitchers Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Arenado chose the certainty and potential of the Rockies over the uncertainty of a free-agent market that's been hard to predict in the past couple of seasons.
"I don't go off what everyone else is doing".
The Rockies are trending up after making the postseason in back-to-back seasons, a franchise first. Colorado then beat the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card game, before being swept in three games by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Known for his big bat and highlight-reel defense at third, Arenado has been the face of the franchise for years. A second-round pick by the Rockies in the 2009 amateur draft, Arenado is a career.291 hitter with 186 home runs, 616 RBIs and an.886 OPS.
"Obviously, they wanted to keep a homegrown player with them", Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Some of those names, including Rendon, could also come off the market in the coming months by signing extensions with their current teams.
Colorado will rely heavily on youngsters such as Garrett Hampson, Ryan McMahon or Brendan Rodgers at second base after the departure of DJ LeMahieu to the New York Yankees.
"It's pretty safe to say he makes every team he's on even better", outfielder Charlie Blackmon said in the offseason of Arenado's presence.