New year, new firm

This is the note that appeared in El Nacional
daily newspaper, on 31/12/2010, related to signing a contract extension of Carlos
Gonzalez with the Colorado Rockies.


New year, new firm

Carlos Gonzalez will travel to Denver next week
to meet with executives of the Colorado Rockies in order to finalize a
multi-year pact

What a better way to start a new year with the
news that you will sign a multiyear contract with a major league organization.
Yesterday, sources close to Carlos Gonzalez reported that on Wednesday the outfielder
of the Colorado Rockies will be traveling to Denver in order to finalize an
agreement that will tie him for several seasons with the team.

“He was here in Caracas managing the visa and
on Tuesday is expected to received the passport. If everything goes right, he
will be flying to Denver on Wednesday to meet with management in what is
considered an emergency meeting,” said the source that preferred
anonymity. “The number of years is what needs to be defined, but it will
be multi-year by an amount that will be around 78 or 80 million dollars.”

Since early December, has been said that the
Rockies could extend a contract to Venezuelan player for seven seasons and around
80 million dollars, especially after management locked Troy Tulowizky for 10 seasons
and $ 157 MM. The owner of the Rockies, Dick Monfort, is open to that
possibility, that will allow them to avoid salary arbitration next year and
free agency, which the player could reach at the end of the year 2015.

“Hopefully we can add up something, but we
are very interested,” Monfort told the Denver Post in when he was consulted
of the topic. “I have not talked with Carlos about it in person, but I
know he really liked being on this team and I think as a player he welcomes that
we have signed Troy (Tulowizky) for several season.”

In a selected group. Gonzalez, who in 2010 was the
leader of the National League batting average, a golden glove winner and silver
bat winner, won $ 406,000 this season, which at the time of affixing his
signature would be receiving a substantial increase to its coffers and put him
among the most sought Venezuelan outfielders in the history of the majors.

Magglio Ordonez is the one who so far holds the
record with $ 18.9 million achieved in 2009 as part of its agreement with the
Detroit Tigers, followed by the $ 16 MM by Bob Abreu in 2008 with the Yankees,
and far behind is Richard Hidalgo, who received payments for $ 12.5 MM of the
Houston Astros.


…::: BOX :::…

Cabrera travels to Japan on January 2

Alex Cabrera(1).jpg

Another Venezuelan player will begin 2011 with
renewed bank account: Alex Cabrera. The  slugger, who in mid-December came to a verbal
agreement with the Softbank Hawks will travel to Japan to finalize all matters
relating to the covenant in order to make it official. “In January 2th he will
be flying there,” his agent Jose Mijares told. “He could not do it before
because there was no flight availability and for some commitments agreed with
him here in Venezuela. In Japan there will make medical examinations and the Hawks
will do the respective press conference where they presented Cabrera as a team
member.” The agreement with the winged Cabrera is for two campaigns and
about 5 million annually.


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