Blackmon, Chatwood agree to deals for 2017

Duo, along with Arenado, avoids arbitration on Friday

Blackmon, Chatwood agree to deals for 2017

DENVER -- The Rockies reached one-year contract agreements on Friday with center fielder Charlie Blackmon and right-handed starter Tyler Chatwood to avoid arbitration, the club announced.

Blackmon signed for $7.3 million, while Chatwood signed for $4.4 million.

The deals mean the Rockies have avoided having to go to an arbitration hearing with any of their players. Earlier on Friday, the Rockies announced a two-year contract worth $29.5 million with third baseman Nolan Arenado. Friday was the deadline for teams and players to exchange their filing numbers.

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Earlier in the offseason, the Rockies avoided arbitration by reaching one-year agreements with left-hander Jake McGee for $5.9 million and right-hander Jordan Lyles for $3.18 million.

Blackmon, 30, the Rockies' leadoff hitter, established career bests in runs (111, third in the National League), hits (187), doubles (35), home runs (29), RBIs (82), batting average (.324, fourth in the NL), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.552) during a breakout season in 2016. His homers led all leadoff hitters in the Majors.

After missing the better part of two seasons because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Chatwood, 27, returned in 2016 and went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA, with 117 strikeouts against 70 walks in 158 innings. On the road, he went 8-1 with a 1.69 ERA -- a franchise record-low, and best in the Majors for a starter who logged as many road innings as his 80.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.