There have been rumors for much of the offseason that Nolan Arenado might be on the move. Jon Morosi stirred up a ruckus with a pair of reports that the Cardinals were “emerging” in trade talks and that names had been exchanged. As Ben Clemens noted earlier today, the Cardinals do make some sense as a trading partner because Arenado would be a significant upgrade over Matt Carpenter. Arenado would add an immediate three-win upgrade in what should be a very competitive NL Central. The problem with trading for Arenado is not Arenado the player. Any team would be happy to have his steady five-to-six-win performance. The problem with trying to trade for Nolan Arenado is his contract, and it’s not the $234 million owed to him, either. The opt-out after 2021 is a trade-killer.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jeff Passan was throwing water on Cardinals-Rockies trade rumors:
Quick Nolan Arenado update in yes-and-no form, per sources:
– Yes, the Rockies and Cardinals are talking.
– No, the talks haven’t gone anywhere.
– No, the exchange of names has not been productive.
– Yes, it’s still considered a long shot that Arenado is dealt in the short-term.