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CarGo Gets $80 Million, Rockies Get Their Man

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Colorado Rockies
a Cactus League spring baseball game in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Chicago Cubs Colorado Rockies a Cactus League spring baseball game in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Chicago Cubs
Colorado Rockies
a Cactus League spring baseball game in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Chicago Cubs Colorado Rockies a Cactus League spring baseball game in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

It looks like Carlos González, the Rockies' star outfielder, will be staying in Colorado for a long time.

Pending a physical, the 25-year-old slugger will likely secure a seven-year, $80 million contract.

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

A person familiar with the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, said Monday evening that terms had been agreed upon. The Rockies wouldn't confirm the deal, which was first reported by the Denver Post.

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

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

González had a breakout season in 2010, winning a Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove. He won the NL batting title with a .336 average and also hit 34 homers and drove in 117 runs despite batting leadoff for 44 games early in the year.

Smooth at the plate, González was just as splendid in the field, turning in seemingly effortless catches as the Rockies shifted him around between all three outfield spots.

Without the agreement, González would be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

Colorado has been committing large amounts of money this off-season to signing some of its core players.

Jorge De La Rosa, one of the top lefties on the free-agent market, agreed to a $21.5 million, two-year contract to return to the Rockies.

In November, All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki signed an agreement that guarantees him $157.75 million over the next decade.

Now, González will potentially have protection in the order for quite some time.

In a recent teleconference, Tulowitzki jokingly took a little credit for González's late-season run at the Triple Crown because Tulowitzki was hitting behind the player known as "CarGo."

It was a pick-your-poison option as Tulowitzki turned in a sizzling September, hitting a franchise-best 15 homers and knocking in 40 runs.

Still, the production of Tulowitzki and González, along with the pitching of ace Ubaldo Jimenez, wasn't enough to lift Colorado into the postseason.

This winter, the Rockies brought in versatile infielder Ty Wigginton to replace Melvin Mora, who signed with Arizona.

González has been involved in two major trades during his burgeoning career. In December 2007, he was part of the deal that landed pitcher Dan Haren in Arizona and sent González to Oakland.

A year later, just as he was settling in with the Athletics, González was shipped to Colorado, along with closer Huston Street and lefty Greg Smith, for All-Star slugger Matt Holliday.

González has embraced the challenge of replacing Holliday, even if he faltered at first. González struggled early in 2009 before helping the Rockies into the playoffs that season.

He's been on quite a roll ever since.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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