[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.