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MLB free agency: Rockies have ‘kept in touch’ with Carlos Gonzalez

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The Rockies have ‘kept in touch’ with Carlos Gonzalez about the possibility of re-signing the outfielder, Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich told MLB Network Radio.

Bridich said the Rockies and Gonzalez “have had conversations” with him and fellow teammate Mark Reynolds over the offseason, but he said nothing has transpired because there have been things on “both sides” that have prevented them from making a deal. However, he admitted that the organization has “had such a good relationship with CarGo over the years that there is a lot of trust and a lot of respect there” for him.

A three-time All-Star, Gonzalez is coming off his 10th major-league season overall and ninth year with the Rockies, who he helped go 87-75 and earn the second wild card in the National League despite having his worst year statistically. The 32-year-old slashed .262/.339/.423 with only 14 home runs and 57 RBI in 136 games. Before 2017, Gonzalez had blasted over 20 homers and drove in more than 70 runs in six of his nine seasons in the big leagues, with his best season being in 2010 when he tied for the major-league lead in total bases with 351 and led the NL with hits (197) and batting average (.336).

Other than the Rockies, Gonzalez has not drawn a lot of interest this offseason. The only team that looked at him was the Orioles. Gonzalez did reportedly turn down a four-year extension from Colorado during spring training last season, hoping to get a big payday during this offseason.