Will Rockies Lose Charlie Blackmon to MLB Free Agency?

Will Rockies Lose Charlie Blackmon to MLB Free Agency?
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Few members of the Colorado Rockies have meant more to the club since the team’s debut season in 1994 than outfielder Charlie Blackmon.

The 37-year-old has posted 20.1 WAR in 1,483 games with the franchise since his rookie year in 2011 — earning four All-Star game appearances and two Silver Slugger awards. With the Rockies eliminated from playoff contention and a disappointment for those with Colorado sportsbook promos left to use, BetColorado.com is looking ahead to the offseason. Blackmon is set to hit free agency, and we have constructed hypothetical odds for his next landing spot. 

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Charlie Blackmon’s Next Team Odds

TeamOdds Percent Chance
Colorado Rockies+15040%
New York Yankees+50016.7%
Houston Astros+65013.3%
Cincinnati Reds+75011.8%
Other+12544.4%

Odds are hypothetical and not available at Colorado sportsbooks.

Rockies Still The Favorite To Land Blackmon

There’s still a solid chance Blackmon returns in 2024, thanks to the veteran’s team-friendly salary of $15 million in 2023. If Blackmon is willing to take a deal that’s the same or slightly less, then Colorado shouldn’t have to strain too hard to retain his services. Given Colorado’s manageable salary (with the league’s 14th largest payroll in 2023, at $170M) and Blackmon’s continued value (with a 0.9 WAR in his age-36 season), there’s no reason to believe the Rockies will have to dump their longtime outfield staple in the offseason.

That’s why we give Colorado +150 odds of keeping Blackmon this offseason, beating out the New York Yankees (+500), Houston Astros (+650) and Cincinnati Reds (+750) on our leaderboard. BetMGM Colorado lists the Astros as +500 to repeat as World Series champions this season.

The bigger question surrounds whether or not Blackmon wants to return to a team that’s clinched its fifth straight losing season, with fewer answers than questions about the immediate future of the franchise. For now, what seems certain is the Rockies have the means to ensure Blackmon plays his entire career in Colorado.

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Charlie Blackmon Next Team Odds: FAQ

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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