|Rockies near 6-year deal with Tulowitzki, schedule press briefing for Wednesday|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 22 January 2008 16:22|
The deal was contingent on Tulowitzki passing a physical, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement had not been announced.
The Rockies scheduled a press briefing for Wednesday, the same day Tulowitzki's physical was expected to be completed. Media reports have said the deal is worth about $30 million.
Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd declined to comment Tuesday, and Rockies CEO Charlie Monfort didn't return phone calls from The Associated Press. Tulowitzki's agent, Paul Cohen, didn't return e-mails.
The contract would be a record for a player with less than two years of experience, breaking Cleveland center fielder Grady Sizemore's mark of $23.5 million before the start of the 2006 season.
Tulowitzki, 23, finished a close second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, two points behind Milwaukee third baseman Ryan Braun. Tulowitzki hit .291 with 24 home runs and 99 RBIs.
He also led all qualifying shortstops in fielding percentage (.987), total chances (834), assists (561), putouts (262) and double plays (114). Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history on April 29 against Atlanta.
The NL champion Rockies reached a two-year, $23 million agreement with slugger Matt Holliday last week that avoided arbitration. The team hopes to work on a long-term contract with the All-Star outfielder.
Holliday, the National League MVP runner-up, hit .340 last season with 137 RBIs. He also had 36 home runs and led the NL in hits (216), total bases (386) and doubles (50) as he helped the Rockies to their first pennant.