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MLB rumors: Rockies offered four-year extension to Carlos Gonzalez last spring

The former Silver Slugger turned down an offer this spring to stay in Colorado longterm.

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The Rockies reportedly offered outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a four-year extension that was rejected during spring training, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. While Nightengale does not specify exactly how much money Gonzalez turned down, he does go as far as to describe the offer as "lucrative."

Gonzalez, 31, has really struggled offensively in 2017 with just a .642 OPS and .298 OBP. A free agent after the season, Gonzalez has spent nine of his ten seasons with the Rockies and touts a career 117 OPS+. The three-time Gold Glover hit 25 home runs and drove in 100 runs just a season ago.

While Gonzalez may not command quite as much money from a club this offseason, he's joined by J.D. Martinez, Carlos Gomez, and Melky Cabrera on a relatively light outfield market for buyers. Martinez, dealt from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks at the deadline, will be the main attraction for contending clubs looking to add a bat for 2018 and beyond.

A Venezuelan native, Gonzalez is a three-time All-Star and led the National League in batting in 2010 with a .336 AVG.