Tulowitzki guaranteed $157.75M by Rockies

Posted Nov. 30, 2010, at 4:50 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 30, 2010, at 5:27 p.m.

DENVER — Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies agreed Tuesday to a new contract that pays an additional $132 million over seven seasons through 2020, a deal that means Colorado has guaranteed the All-Star shortstop $157.75 million in the next decade.

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

The departure of one of his mentors in a trade, Matt Holliday, affected Tulowitzki deeply.

“I didn’t want that to happen to me,” Tulowitzki said. “I wanted to stay here for my career and not deal with all the other stuff. I’m sure he’s in a great place and I’m sure he’s happy but at the same time, this is where I want to be.”

Tulowitzki said he wanted to be like his idols: Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter, two shortstops who have only worn one major league cap.

“I want to follow in those footsteps. I hope that Derek stays in New York because I really look up to him, and I think he knows that special,” Tulowitzki said. “I kind of wanted to do that same thing, to give fans around here someone they could fall in love with and … get to watch him for his entire career. That’s special.”

Tulowitzki receives $5.5 million next year, $8.25 million in 2012 and $10 million in 2013 as part of his previous contract, which contained a $15 million team option for 2014 with a $2 million buyout.

Under the new deal, he receives $16 million in 2014, $20 million in each of the following five seasons and $14 million in 2020. Colorado gets a $14 million option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.

In both 2020 and 2021, if it’s exercised, Tulowitzki’s salary could escalate by up to $6 million annually depending on his finish in MVP voting, whether he is an All-Star or earns Gold Glove or Silver Slugger awards and other criteria.

Tulowitzki won his first Gold Glove and NL Silver Slugger awards this year, when he hit .315 with 27 homers and 95 RBIs despite missing 33 games with a broken wrist.

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

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