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Freeland agrees to 5-year extension with Rox

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Left-hander Kyle Freeland and the Rockies have agreed to a five-year contract extension with a player option for a sixth year, the club announced on Tuesday. Though the club didn’t announce the financial terms, the deal is expected to be worth $64.5 million, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

A native of Denver, the hometown and homegrown pitcher will now remain in Colorado’s rotation for the foreseeable future. A first-round Draft pick by the Rockies in 2014, Freeland has battled injuries but was a bright spot for the Rockies early in his career, finishing seventh in Rookie of the Year voting in 2017 and then fourth in NL Cy Young Award votinggot th the following year, when he made a career-high 33 starts with a career-best 2.85 ERA.

Freeland is 40-42 with a 4.28 ERA and 115 ERA+ in 121 career starts, all with Colorado.

“We have been in talks with Kyle for a long time and are glad to finalize this deal that secures his future in Denver,” said Rockies senior vice president and general manager Bill Schmidt. “Kyle has been a steady part of this rotation since his debut and we are excited to have him in a Rockies uniform for at least the next five seasons.”

With this deal that keeps Freeland in Colorado at least through 2026, the Rockies have multi-year contracts with three of their key rotation members — along with Germán Márquez, who is in the midst of a five-year, $43 million deal that also includes a 2024 club option valued at $16 million, and Antonio Senzatela, whose five-year, $50.5 million contract with a 2027 club option began at the start of this season.

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