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There are reasons to be optimistic on the Rockies potentially signing Arenado to long-term deal. First, he was top 10 Rookie of the Year finalist, three-time Top 10 MVP Finalist, three-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger, five time Gold Glover, and a Platinum Glove recipient. Nolan Arenado is a once in a lifetime talent. If the Rockies truly want to contend for a World Series title, they need to look no further than Nolan Arenado to start. He is a franchise player, with a seemingly good character, who would be the main anchor to a ball club with post-season aspirations.
Secondly, the Rockies are about to come into a little extra cash. Per Craig Edwards of Fangraphs, the local TV contract for the Rockies is expiring in 2020. With the way baseball viewership has been trending upward again, the Rockies will undoubtedly be negotiating a more lucrative payout for local television rights that could be used towards a large contract.
Now all of this is just assuming that Nolan Arenado wants to continue his playing career in the Mile High City. When courting young stars, a winning is as important as the willingness to write the big check. If the Rockies can show that they can put a contending team over the next couple seasons, that would only add to the value of staying in Colorado.
However, don’t be surprised when that pesky Dodgers team comes knocking, telling tales of playing baseball at home in Southern California…with a blank check in hand.