Nolan Arenado said Wednesday that he wants to remain with the Colorado Rockies until the end of his career, as the team officially announced the eight-year, $260 million contract extension for the All-Star third baseman.
Fighting back tears at a morning news conference as his teammates gathered around him, the four-time All-Star gave thanks to the people whom he said helped him to become the player he is today.
“I’m going to do my best to be a great teammate, great leader and try to help this team win and be the best third baseman I can be,” Arenado said from the team’s Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring-training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. “To the Rockies fans, I’m not leaving. I just want you guys to know I’m back, and I couldn’t be happier to hopefully spend the rest of my career in Denver.”
Arenado has a career .291 batting average to go with 186 home runs and an .886 OPS over his six major league seasons. He’s coming off a .297 season in 2018 during which he slugged a National League-best 38 home runs and drove in 110 runs, good for second in the NL.
—San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy knows that his team remains in contention to sign prized free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.
However, the 63-year-old skipper is not changing his style or holding his breath while Harper nears a final decision. Harper met for a second time with the Giants on Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN.
“No, I don’t think about it,” Bochy told reporters. “Right now, this is my club and we don’t know what his decision is going to be. The fact that we’re one of the teams that’s talking to him, we appreciate that.”
—The younger brother of Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart has died, the team announced.
Romell Jordan, 23, died unexpectedly of unknown causes. The former New Mexico running back was taking in by the Swihart family in high school because of problems in his home life, and the family later adopted him, the Albuquerque Journal had reported.
Swihart was scratched from Wednesday’s spring-training game against the Tampa Bay Rays. NESN reported he had left the team to be with his family.
—Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has been shut down from baseball activities because of an undisclosed illness, jeopardizing his status for the start of the season, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“He will be limited to no activities for a couple of weeks,” Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said to the newspaper.
Diaz, 28, hit .286 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 82 games last season. He is a .256 career hitter in parts of four seasons for Pittsburgh.
—Field Level Media