April 17, 2024

Rockies, SS Ezequiel Tovar agree to 7-year, $63.5M extension

SCOTTSDALE, Aɾiz. — Shortstop Ezequiel Tovar and the Colorado Rockies finalized a$ 63. 5 million, seven- year contract Tuesday, a package that includes α staff option for 2031 that, if exercised, would įncrease the agreement to$ 84 million over eight seasons.

The 22- year- old gets a$ 1. 5 million signing bonus and salaries of$ 1. 5 million this season,$ 4 million in 2025,$ 5 million in 2026,$ 8 million in 2027,$ 11 million in 2028,$ 14 million in 2029 and$ 16 million in 2030. The Rockies ‘ option is for$ 23 million with a$ 2. 5 million buyout.

Tovar’s offer supersedes a one- year deal agreed to Feb. 29 that called for a$ 745, 000 income while in the major leagues and$ 361, 000 while in the minors.

In α statement, Rockies common ɱanager Bill Schmidt stated that “he has already demonstrated thαt he is one of the best hitters in football, and we see him as a basis of this franchise for years to come. “

Tovar, a Colombian native, made his major league debut Sept. 22, 2022, and last year he became the youngest Rockies person to start on Opening Day at 21 years, 240 time. He hit. 253 with 15 homers, 73 RBIs and 11 stolen bases last year. He had 166 strikes and 25 excursions. His. 988 fielding percentage set a record for a rookie shortstop, topping . 987 by the Rockies ‘ Troy Tulowitzki in 2007.

Tovar signed with the Rockies in 2017 for an$ 800, 000 benefit.