Obviously, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies is one of the game’s best players. Currently signed to an eight-year, $260 million contract with the Rockies, he figures to be one of the franchise’s cornerstones into the long-term. However, he has an opt-out clause in 2021 that could see him test the open market.
Equally important, the market to acquire Arenado has been a frenzy says ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Mookie. Lindor. Nolan. Hader. Cain. Story. KB. Whit. Kluber. Duffy. Ray. Joc. With the tender deadline past and free agency starting to move, the so-far stagnant trade market is still percolating. Here are the names being bandied and what you need to know: https://t.co/T7hiKHPznc
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2019
According to Passan, “multiple teams” have called the Rockies to express interest in Arenado, but the talks “went nowhere”.
Still, it’s worth noting that with a flurry of calls made to inquire on Arenado before next week’s MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego; something could stick if teams around baseball keep calling.
Arenado’s accomplishments make him one of the game’s best players, and it’s easy to see why he’s so coveted by other teams. For example, he’s won a gold glove award in every season he has played. To evidence him as a complete player, he’s won a Silver Slugger Award at his position four times, and been named an All-Star in five seasons.
However the note on Arenado always must include the Coors Field mention. For instance, he has hit .324 with 129 home runs and 446 RBI during his career at Coors Field. By comparison, he has hit just .265 with 98 homers and 288 RBI.
Altogether he has one of the most complete resume’s in the game of baseball. The Rockies should try to hang onto him unless a massive haul comes in from an opposing team, which is certainly possible.
We will have more on this storyline should something begin to gain steam.