June 23, 2021

Rockies’ Bud Black says situation with Nolan Arenado and front office will work itself out (ESPN)


DENVER — There was left-hander Kyle Freeland discussing his new, pause-free delivery. And there was shortstop Trevor Story hinting at agreeing to a $27.5 million, two-year deal that he really wasn’t at liberty to discuss because it’s not official yet.

But there was no Nolan Arenado. And there was no media availability with general manager Jeff Bridich, either, during the Colorado Rockies fan fest Saturday at Coors Field.

Manager Bud Black recently reached out to Arenado, who said this week he felt a level of “disrespect” from the front office in the wake of trade rumors and the team not being active in player acquisition this winter.

Black left a message.

Still, he fully believes that once the Rockies get to spring training, the situation will work itself out.

“Things are going to be fine,” Black said. “Players, they stay united. … It’s a group of players that is pretty bonded, pretty united.”

The notion that Arenado could be dealt began to bubble last month at the winter meetings in San Diego.

Black didn’t pay the speculation any heed then — or now. He said he hears those sorts of rumors “all the time.”

“I’ve learned that if something is really close to happening, or…

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