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Old 01-05-2011, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez agree to 7-yr/$80M extension

Carlos Gonzalez and the Rockies reached agreement on Monday evening on an $80 million, seven-year contract as Colorado continued outlaying big sums of money this offseason to sign some of its core players.

The outfielder must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Colorado has not yet announced the agreement.

"It's not at all finalized. But everything is practically concluded. All that's left are the physical evaluations," Gonzalez told Meridiano Television in Venezuela.

"It's a blessing for me to have this contract at such a young age," he added.

Even before the agreement was reached, Fabiola Bohorquez, a publicist for the outfielder, confirmed from Venezuela the deal was imminent. Gonzalez will soon fly to Denver to sign the contract, she said.

"He's really happy. He loves Denver and loves his teammates," Fabiola Bohorquez told the Denver Post by telephone.

Gonzalez, 25, won the National League batting title with a .336 average last season and finished third in the NL Most Valuable Player balloting to Cincinnati's Joey Votto and St. Louis' Albert Pujols.

If and when Gonzalez does agree to the extension, it would cover him through 2017, or his first three years of free agency.

Gonzalez looks to become the latest young member of the Rockies to get a big deal from the club.
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