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Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela, C.J. Cron get extensions

Rockies News CJ Cron Antonio Senzatela Contract Extension

The Colorado Rockies have signed two players to contract extensions. After another tough season, the Rockies have signed first baseman C.J. Cron to two-year deal and starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela to a five-year deal. Cron has signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal while Senzatela has agreed to receive a deal worth $50.5 million over the five years.

Cron led the Rockies in home runs (28) and RBI (92) in 2021, and was set to hit free agency this offseason. Cron had pretty drastic home/road splits, .as he hit 326/.412/.661 at home compared to .235/.337/.397 away from Colorado. In 69 games at home in 2021, Cron had 19 home runs and 68 RBI, compared to 9 homers and 24 RBI in 73 away games. The 32-year old locks himself into two more seasons at $7.25 million per in Colorado, and the Rockies are surely hoping he keeps up the numbers he posted at home while improving some on the road.

Senzatela was 4-10 with a 4.42 ERA in 2021 with the Rockies, striking out 105 batters in 156 innings. Across the last three seasons, Senzatela has made 65 starts, pitching 354.2 innings and striking out 222 batters compared to 107 walks. He has a 5.05 ERA over that span, a number that is obviously inflated because Senzatela pitches his home games in the altitude in Colorado.

The Rockies have struggled to keep together a decent starting pitching rotation over the years, so locking in a solid and dependable arm like Senzatela to a reasonable deal for the next few years might be a good idea. The club was forced to trade long-time star third baseman Nolan Arenado last season, and may lose shortstop Trevor Story this offseason.