By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has agreed to the largest arbitration deal ever. He has signed a one-year, $26 million deal with the team.
He was initially seeking $30 million when the two sides went to the arbitration table. This is the final year of his arbitration.
When Arenado came to the team and asked for $30 million, the Rockies responded with $24 million. The sides agreed to $26 million, which surpassed the previous record deal of $22 million by then-Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.
It’s nearly a $10 million raise than he made with his $17.75 million deal in 2018. The only question now is if the Rockies would be able to keep him long-term.
The 27-year-old Newport Beach, California native — who has spent his entire career with the Rockies — had a .297 batting average with 38 home runs and 110 RBIs in 156 games. He also had 38 doubles and two triples on 175 hits with 104 runs.
He has had at least 38 home runs over the last four seasons. He had a career-best 42 home runs during the 2015 season.
In addition, Arenado has made the National League All-Star team the last four seasons.
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