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Charlie Blackmon concluded a deal with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday that guarantees him 8 million, or basically the same amount of money slugger J. Martinez got from the Boston Red Sox, in spite of a couple of stout industry trends.

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But Colorado stepped up and paid big dollars to the center fielder, mostly because Blackmon is a great hitter and probably at least partly because Blackmon had another major factor working for him: emotional leverage.

Blackmon had a ton of emotional leverage tilted his way.

The Rockies made the playoffs last year for the first time in a decade, and the franchise has built some momentum.

But it might be more difficult for Colorado to sustain success than any other team because of its home park and its impact on pitching, and it's very possible the Rockies' best player, Nolan Arenado, will be the premier free agent in the fall of 2019.

Friends of Arenado say he burns to win and that will drive the decision of which team will be his next employer.

For the sake of stability -- in the face of the Arenado uncertainty -- it made sense for the Rockies to go above and beyond to keep Blackmon.

Now they can operate knowing they'll have a lineup anchor and a well-known player to market.

The fans' love for and interest in a player is at the root of emotional leverage.

Other players who will have a lot of emotional leverage the next two years:• Clayton Kershaw: The future Hall of Famer can opt out of his contract after this season.

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