Colorado Rockies superstar infielder Nolan Arenado took a heavy swing at his own team on Monday, which could force a blockbuster trade just ahead of spring training near.
“There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of,” Arenado told MLB.com. “You can quote that.”
The stunning comments came after GM Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post that he expected Arenado to be with the Rockies to begin this coming season, after trying to trade the disgruntled third baseman.
“You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there,” Arenado said, declining to get into details. “There is a lot of disrespect.”
Arenado later said he was not upset with the trade rumors, and that “there’s more to it than that.”
In September, Arenado told The Athletic he was “upset” with the direction of the club, which then led the Rockies to shop the 28-year-old.
The Rockies finished 71-91 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time in three years, and Arenado had 41 home runs and hit .315/.379./583.
Arenado has seven years and $234 million left on his eight-year, $260 million contract, including…