DENVER (AP) – Third baseman Garrett Atkins and the Colorado Rockies agreed Monday to a one-year contract worth $4,387,500.

Atkins batted .301 with 25 homers and 111 RBIs last season for the NL champions. The 28-year-old has a .302 career batting average in 492 games with Colorado. In 2006, he posted career highs with a .329 batting average, 29 home runs and 120 RBIs in 157 games.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, he had asked for a raise from $400,000 to $4.65 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Colorado offered $4,125,000. Atkins can earn $92,500 in performance bonuses: $17,500 each for 600, 625 and 650 plate appearances, and $20,000 each for 675 and 700 plate appearances.

Colorado has two players remaining in arbitration, pitcher Brian Fuentes and outfielder Brad Hawpe.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.