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Rockies, German Marquez in agreement on long-term extension, per report

Marquez is the latest young player to be rewarded as part of extension mania.

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The Rockies are in agreement on a new five-year contract with right-handed starting pitcher German Marquez that will give him a raise for 2019 and pay him a total of $43 million from this season through 2023. ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal were the first to provide details on Tuesday’s deal, which also includes a club option year:

Along with Kyle Freeland, the 24-year-old Marquez was one of the anchors for a Rockies rotation that was arguably the best in club history last season. Over 33 starts, the right-hander posted a 3.77 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP, 230 strikeouts, and 57 walks in 196 innings. He also was one of the NL’s best-hitting pitchers, posting a .300/.300/.350 slash line with a homer in 65 plate appearances, and he delivered a satisfactory performance in his lone postseason start, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings against the Brewers.

Marquez is the second player the Rockies have signed to a long-term extension in just over two months, following Nolan Arenado, who inked a new eight-year, $260 million deal with Colorado in late February. Along with Freeland and Jon Gray, he’ll now be expected to serve as part of a three-headed monster at the front end of the Rockies’ rotation for years to come.