The Rockies are interested in discussing a contract extension with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Gonzalez told journalist Wilmer Reina in his native Venezuela. The sides do not appear to be in serious discussions about a new deal.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Gonzalez, 31, has been the subject of trade rumors for years, especially after the Rockies traded fellow franchise cornerstone Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline in 2015. He is under contract for one more season at $20 million before the 7-year, $80 million deal he signed with Colorado expires and he becomes a free agent.
Gonzalez is represented by Scott Boras, which may mean he is more likely to reach the free-agent market at this point. Rumors circulated before this year’s trade deadline that Gonzalez had expressed interest in being traded, though Bridich at that point told SB Nation that no formal request had been made.
Gonzalez was an All-Star for the third time last season, in the midst of posting a .298/.350/.505 line with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 150 games for the Rockies. He owns a career .291/.347/.521 line with 201 homers in nine major-league seasons with the Athletics (2008) and Rockies (2009-16).