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Heyman | Carlos Gonzalez close to deal with Rockies

Jon Heyman



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[UPDATE]: The Colorado Rockies and veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez are now finalizing contract details, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. These talks are down to only language details.

Carlos Gonzalez was somewhat swept under the rug with other sluggers such as J.D. Martinez and Mike Moustakas headliners on the free agent market. Nonetheless, the free agent outfielder will soon find a home — a familiar one.

A source tells FanRag Sports that Gonzalez is expected to return to the Colorado Rockies on a one-year deal.

A mainstay for the Rockies in recent years, CarGo is off a disappointing season — a .262 batting average but only 14 home runs, 57 RBIs, and 0.1 0WAR mark over the course of 136 games. Despite the struggles at the plate for Gonzalez, the Rockies offense was lifted by the likes of Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon as Colorado cracked a bid into the playoffs, ultimately being edged in the wild-card round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Signed by the Diamondbacks in 2002, Gonzalez was shipped to the Oakland Athletics five years later and made his debut during the 2008 season.

Gonzalez was shooed out of the Athletics organization after the season, heading to Colorado in the deal that brought Matt Holliday to Oakland.

Gonzalez turned it up in 2010 and beyond, hitting better than .295 with at least 22 homers and 70 RBIs in four straight seasons. That 2010 campaign was the best for Gonzalez, who hit .336 with 196 hits — 77 of which were extra-base hits — and 117 RBIs on his way to a 5.7 oWAR and 5.9 WAR.

Gonzalez, over a decade of service in the majors, has accrued a 24.0 WAR, three All-Star bids and as many Gold Gloves.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.