Rockies give Troy Tulowitzki 7 year extension

Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a new contract that will pay Tulowitzki an additional $134 million over seven seasons, through the 2020 season.

“I’m really lucky,” Tulowitzki said. “I can’t wait to be here my entire career.”

Tulowitzki was deeply affected by the departure of his mentor Matt Holliday a couple years ago after the slugger spent 11 years with the organization. Tulowitzki wanted to spend his entire career in one city, just like his idol, Cal Ripken Jr did.

Tulowitzki’s 10-year contract is the eighth-highest in baseball history, trailing two of Alex Rodriguez’s deals ($275 million and $252 million) and agreements for Derek Jeter ($189 million), Joe Mauer ($184 million), Mark Teixeira ($180 million), CC Sabathia ($161 million) and Manny Ramirez ($160 million).

Tulowitzki, 26, had already been guaranteed $25.75 million through 2013 under the $31 million, six-year contract he agreed to in January 2008.

Both sides are taking risks: Tulowitzki will be 35 by the time the contract expires and he could have some monster years during that time.

Despite missing 33 games with a broken wrist last season, Tulowitzki won his first Gold Glove and NL Silver Slugger awards after hitting .315 with 27 homers and 95 RBIs.

The best moment of this whole ordeal is what Tulowitzki said about the contract, “I love the game and that’s more than enough money than I’ll ever need in my entire lifetime.”