DENVER — The Rockies have agreed to terms with center fielder Charlie Blackmon on a six-year deal that could keep him with Colorado through the 2023 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The two-time All-Star center fielder had agreed in January to a one-year, $14 million.
The agreement announced Wednesday calls for a $2 million signing bonus payable within 30 days of the deal’s approval by the commissioner’s office, a $12 million salary this year and $21 million in each of the next three seasons.
Blackmon has player options of $21 million for 2022 and $10 million for 2023, and his 2023 salary can escalate up to $5 million based on plate appearances in 2022: $500,000 each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 and 525, and $1 million apiece for 550 and 575.
His 2023 salary would increase by $2 million if he is among the top three in National League MVP voting from 2018 to 2022 and by $1 million if he finishes fourth or fifth.
The 2023 salary is capped at $18 million.
“Stuck with me for the next six years whether you like it or not,” Blackmon joked in a Twitter video posted by the Rockies.
“But I know I’m gonna like it because I’m pretty excited about being in Denver, getting to play baseball, and being around the community I’ve come to enjoy.
“I’m very thankful to have this opportunity. Thanks for having me.”
Blackmon was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2008 draft.
He was the starting starting center fielder in the 2017 All-Star Game and finished fifth in the National League MVP voting last season.AlertMe