June 17, 2021

Nolan Arenado’s ire rooted in Rockies’ inactivity after 71-91 season (ESPN)

The disillusionment that has percolated for months in behind-the-scenes meetings between Colorado Rockies leadership and the camp of star Nolan Arenado bled into the public sphere on Monday. After Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich declared that the team had ended trade talks for Arenado, the third baseman shot back to MLB.com, accusing the team of “a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of.”

The disrespect, sources told ESPN, centered on the Rockies’ winter of inaction less than a year after the team signed Arenado to an eight-year, $260 million contract extension. When the organization signaled early this offseason that it did not intend to expand its payroll this winter, Arenado expressed betrayal, according to sources, believing Colorado was not doing enough to improve a team coming off a 71-91 season.

Late last week, the Rockies informed teams that they intended to slow discussions for Arenado, multiple teams involved in the talks told ESPN, though they continued to exchange proposals with teams over the…

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