By Nick Childs
Troy Renck of the Denver Post has been addressing a deal that would keep Carlos Gonzalez until 2017 all day. Apparently, the Rockies and CarGo are a mere physical away from agreeing to a 7-year $80 million deal.
This is incredible and baffling in so many ways. With the contracts that Carl Crawford and Jason Werth got, this is getting CarGo for an absolute steal. In my opinion he is the best all-around player in baseball. There is literally nothing on the field that he can’t do; he is one of those players that has that “it” factor. He keeps you on the edge of your seat, and by the end of the year, you run out of ways to describe how truly amazing he is. Right now, I am reading “Now I Can Die in Peace” by Bill Simmons, and CarGo reminds me of how Simmons wrote about Nomar and Pedro in their prime. (That book is incredible by the way and well worth reading)
This brings me to my next point; Scott Boras is his agent. I have heard today that Boras has been relatively non-existent in these talks, that it has been primarily CarGo and his family. This is a deal that they want to get done. This makes sense because all Boras cares about is money and free-agency deals. The fact that CarGo wants to sign this sort of deal speaks miles about his character. This shows me that he loves being in Denver, and he loves his teammates.
Crawford and Werth both got HUGE deals this off-season as free agents. This is the type of money that I expected CarGo to go after, and I think he is well worth it. So I see this deal as a huge bargain for the Rockies, and once again, it shows that CarGo isn’t one of those “me first, team second” Boras guys. LOVE IT.
Now, what does this mean for the Rockies? This means that they have built a nucleus of young talent that will be together for at least the next seven years, and it gives the Rockies fan-base something to be really excited about. I can’t wait for the season and it’s only January! I can’t wait to hear the buzz come spring training. I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere around Coors Field when the season starts. The optimism and giddiness for the potential of this team is going to be awesome. Could this be the Rockies year? That will be the question fans are asking for the next seven years it seems.
The next big move the Rockies will be trying to make is signing Ubaldo Jimenez to an extension, but that won’t happen until after the 2011 season. I am actually very optimistic they will get something done there. Ubaldo is a simple guy, and it seems like he likes Denver a lot. He lives near the stadium and makes the 5-minute walk to work everyday. How cool is that?
What makes me incredibly nervous is Scott Boras. All signs are pointing to this CarGo deal getting done, but nothing about it says Scott Boras, and when he is in the mix, it is scary. So I’m doing my best not to get too excited, but let’s be honest, that’s impossible when you have the possibility of two of the best young players in the game being in your home town for the next 7-10 years. Bring back the Blake Street Bombers!
On a side note, I went into writing this expecting to throw as many jabs at Yahoo!Sports columnist Jeff Passan as possible, BUT he has recently admitted on his Twitter account (@JeffPassan) that he has not only changed his mind that Tulo “lacked the fortitude to chase the greater glory that awaited him elsewhere,” but he also really likes the Gonzalez deal. “To have two MVP-caliber players for their prime is the stuff of which championships are made,” he said. Thank you Mr. Passan, good to see you that you now realize what the Rockies have been putting together this off-season.
The pieces for the Rockies are falling into place one step at a time, and it is a B-E-A-utiful thing! I feel like a little kid awaiting Christmas morning!
As always, Jim Tracy is my homeboy.