Denver Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies are looking ahead with 2020 vision.
The sides agreed Tuesday to a new contract that pays Tulowitzki an additional $132 million over seven seasons through 2020, a deal that means Colorado has guaranteed the All-Star shortstop $157.75 million in the next decade.
“I’m really lucky,” Tulowitzki said. “I can’t wait to be here my entire career.”
Tulowitzki wanted to be like his idol, Cal Ripken Jr., who played in just one city, and not his mentor, St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday, whose departure from Denver a couple of years ago after 11 years in the Rockies organization deeply affected him.
“I didn’t want that to happen to me,” Tulowitzki said. “I wanted to stay here for my career and not deal with all the other stuff.”
Tulowitzki’s 10-year contract is the eighth-highest in baseball history, trailing two of Alex Rodriguez’s deals ($275 million and $252 million) and agreements for Derek Jeter ($189 million), Joe Mauer ($184 million), Mark Teixeira ($180 million), CC Sabathia ($161 million) and Manny Ramirez ($160 million).
The genesis of the extension was a heart-to-heart talk with general manager Dan O’Dowd.
“They were just discussions about life,” O’Dowd said. “The maturity of understanding the continuity and stability of things and what he’s trying to become as a man led me to say to our owner, ‘I think maybe we should explore this right now.”’