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Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz signed a three-year extension with the on Rockies on Thursday that will tie him to the club through the 2024 season. The $14.5 million deal covers his final year of arbitration and his first two years of free agency. The 31-year-old Diaz, who has been with Colorado for two seasons, slashed .246/.310/.464 with 18 homers in 371 plate appearances in 2021. Diaz only figures to be on the fantasy radar in two-catcher formats and does not need to be a draft priority come spring.
Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon appeared at three infield positions in 2021, playing stellar defense at first, second, and third base, but he might be tasked with playing shortstop in 2022. With Trevor Story's departure from the club a foregone conclusion, sliding McMahon over is one of several options the Rockies are considering. The 26-year-old was a Gold Glove finalist at the hot corner this past season. McMahon, who slashed .254/.331/.449 with 23 homers and six steals in 2021, would get a small bump in fantasy value with the added eligibility, but he wouldn't crack the top-10 at any one position.
The Colorado Rockies have re-signed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a one-year deal, according to The Gazette's Danielle Allentuck. Chacin mostly pitched as a reliever last season for Colorado, turning in a 4.34 ERA and a 4.63 FIP in 64 1/3 innings. The veteran recorded 17 holds while also registering 47 strikeouts and 28 walks. He didn't record a save last season, as most of Colorado's save opportunities went to either Daniel Bard or Carlos Estevez. In addition to Chacin, Bard and Estevez, the Rockies current bullpen options include Robert Stephenson, Lucas Gilbreath, Jordan Sheffieldand Tyler Kinley.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon exercised his $21 million-plus player option on Thursday and will return to the team for the 2022 season. Blackmon has another player option coming in 2023 and has been with the team for the last 11 seasons after being drafted in 2008. The veteran outfielder started off last season slow, but he ended up finishing the year with a .270 batting average and 13 home runs while staying healthy for 582 plate appearances over 150 games. Blackmon now ranks second on the franchise's all-time list in games played (1,269) and hits (1,450), while he's seventh in home runs (191). With baseball expected to adopt a universal designated hitter next year, Blackmon will be a candidate to serve as the Rockies DH most nights.
The Colorado Rockies and right-hander Antonio Senzatela agreed to a five-year, $50.5 million contract extension on Tuesday, according to sources. The deal includes a $14 million team option for 2027. Senzatela will make $7.25 million each of the next two seasons and $12 million each for 2024-26. The 26-year-old struck out just 6.0 hitters per nine innings, ranking him 117th of 120 qualifying pitchers this year. But his 1.73 BB/9 and 51.6 percent ground-ball rate is what makes him successful, especially pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Senzatela was just 4-10 this year with a 4.42 ERA over 156 2/3 innings and 28 starts. The sinker-slider artist had a rough final start of the season, but aside from that he finished off the season strong. Because of the lack of K's, Senzatela has a pretty low fantasy ceiling.