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Rockies sign lefty Kyle Freeland to 5-year deal

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Apr 14, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (21) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies signed left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Freeland to a new five-year contract Tuesday worth a reported $64.5 million.

The deal begins this season and covers two arbitration years and three years of free agency. Multiple outlets reported the total value of the deal.

“We have been in talks with Kyle for a long time and are glad to finalize this deal that secures his future in Denver,” Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt said in a statement. “Kyle has been a steady part of this rotation since his debut and we are excited to have him in a Rockies uniform for at least the next five seasons.”

A player option for a sixth year worth $17 million kicks in if Freeland pitches 170 innings in 2025, MLB Network reported.

Freeland, 28, is a homegrown player for the Rockies, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 2014.

Freeland is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA through two starts this season. However, he’s 40-42 with a 4.28 ERA in 126 career appearances (121 starts) since his major league debut in April 2017.

His best season came in 2018 when he went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA.

Freeland is the second Rockies starter to ink a long-term contract extension in recent months; Antonio Senzatela signed a five-year, $50.5 million deal last October. The Rockies also have German Marquez under contract through the 2024 season.

–Field Level Media