The Colorado Rockies should offer veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a new contract after a below-average played 2017 season. The 31-year-old's seven-year, $80 million contract is coming to an end. After making $20 million this season, Gonzalez is expected to ask for at least $15 million annually over a span of multiple years.
Gonzalez has had multiple phenomenal years in the mile-high city, but last year, he was not his all-star self. Last season, he hit .262 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs in 470 at-bats. Saber metrically, Gonzalez had a -0.2 WAR and in an outfield, he had a .986 fielding percentage.
I think Gonzalez earns a new deal with the Rockies. Despite a sub-par season, Gonzalez would provide a veteran presence in the clubhouse with a lot of youngsters, such as Brendan Rodgers, Ramiel Tapia, and David Dahl, waiting in the wing.
Next season, Gonzalez is expected to have a breakout season. He may use his 2014-2015 seasons as an example. In 2014, he played in 70 games during an injury-played season, when he hit .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. He also had a career worst -0.7 WAR. In his 2015 season, the Venezuela native hit .271 with 40 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also won the silver slugger award.
If history re-occurs, I think he is in line for an all-star season. He was a partial contributor to the Rockies' playoff berth this season.
Many may disagree with me that Gonzalez should be wearing Purple and Black next season, but the end result may be worth another chance for Gonzalez. If the Rockies do not want to commit to a long-term deal with CarGo, they could offer him a qualifying offer, which is worth $17.4 million next season.
If he declines the qualifying offer, it will be beneficial for the organization. They would be owed a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. If he accepts the offer, they would lose their #22 pick.
If they want to go the long-term route with Gonzalez, the Rockies should offer him a three-year deal worth a total of $48 million.