DENVER -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez became a rich man on Tuesday when he signed a long-term contract with the club following his incredible breakout season of 2010.
The deal, finalized when Gonzalez underwent a physical on Monday, is worth $80 million over seven years and covers his first three years of free agency. The Rockies and Gonzalez made the pact official at an afternoon news conference.
"I feel really happy here, it is a great place to be," Gonzalez said when asked about the decision to sign a long-term deal. "We have a special clubhouse and we are growing together and learning together. We want to be the best team in the league and win the World Series."
The 25-year-old Gonzalez played a full season for the first time in 2010 and batted .336 with 34 homers and 117 runs batted in. He finished third in the National League MVP voting, earned his first Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award.
Prior to this past season, Gonzalez had played in 89 games for the Rockies in 2009 and 85 games for Oakland in 2008. The Rockies acquired him as part of the November 2008 trade that sent Matt Holliday to the Athletics.
In 319 career games, Gonzalez has batted .299 with 51 homers and 172 runs batted in.
"The one thing that stands out and is noticeable right away is the effortlessness and joy that he plays the game with," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "He's very passionate about competing."
Gonzalez's new deal marks the second huge signing for the Rockies this offseason, as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki inked a seven-year extension worth a reported $134 million in late November.