Rockies announce mega-extension for Tulowitzki

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Denver - The Colorado Rockies officially announced a seven-year contract extension for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday that goes through the 2020 season.

According to several reports on Monday, including the Denver Post, the deal calls for Tulowitzki to make a total of $134 million in the seven years, starting in 2014.

Tulowitzki, 26, signed a six-year contract with the club in January 2008 after he helped the team reach its first-ever World Series the previous year. He was due to hit free agency following a team option for the 2014 campaign.

Colorado is hoping that this extension doesn't follow in the footsteps of the three large contracts the team awarded to Todd Helton, Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle, respectively. Both Hampton's and Helton's deals called for each to make over $100 million, and neither produced a World Series title.

"We're going to win here. We're going to do it," Tulowitzki said. "We've got a good team here. If we don't win a World Series around here, then it's a failure. I have high expectations, and we're going to meet them."

Tulowitzki will be 36 at the end of his contract, similar to the Yankees' iconic shortstop Derek Jeter, who is currently 36 after his 10-year deal expired at the end of the 2010 season.

Indeed, the young shortstop made quite a splash in his first season, placing second in the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting .291 with 24 homers, 99 RBI and 104 runs scored.

Tulowitzki batted .315 with a .949 OPS -- both career-highs -- in 122 games last season and earned his first Gold Glove award.

"This decision represents everything that we believe in," said Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd. "It's a commitment on the part of our owners...I can't say it any more plainly than it's about our team."

Over his five-year career, Tulowitzki is a .290 hitter with a .362 on-base percentage to go with 92 homers in 554 games. He was originally the seventh overall pick of the 2005 draft by Colorado.


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