Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Colorado Rockies and third baseman Nolan Arenado avoided arbitration Thursday with a record-setting contract.
Arenado is eligible for free agency at the conclusion of the 2019 season. The Rockies still hope to work toward a multi-year contract with the All-Star third baseman.
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year contract with 3B Nolan Arenado.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) February 1, 2019
The club has now agreed to contracts with all eight arbitration-eligible players, including Arenado. pic.twitter.com/tbjI4DcNs8
The Rockies drafted the 27-year-old slugger in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft. Arenado is a five-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove Award in each of his six seasons. He also earned the Silver Slugger Award four times and led the NL in home runs three times (2015-16, 2018).
Colorado reached one-year deals with all of its arbitration-eligible players: Arenado, Trevor Story, Chad Bettis ($3.325 million), Jon Gray ($2.925 million), Tyler Anderson ($2.625 million), Chris Rusin ($1.6875 million), Scott Oberg ($1.3 million) and catcher Tony Wolters ($960,000).
The Rockies had relief pitcher Adam Ottavino and second baseman DJ LeMahieu depart for the New York Yankees this offseason. Ottavino signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the club, and LeMahieu for two years and $24 million.