Colorado Rockies: what will it take to lock up Nolan Arenado long term?

DENVER, CO - JULY 19: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on July 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 19: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on July 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Nolan Arenado. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 16: Nolan Arenado. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. /

In 2015, Arenado played in 157 games with 97 runs, 177 hits, 43 doubles, 42 home runs, 130 RBI (the last two of which led the NL), a .287/.323/.575 slash line, and a 124 OPS+. He was an All-Star, came in eighth in NL MVP voting, and he won the Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award for NL third baseman.

In 2016, he led the NL in 160 games played and he had 116 runs, 182 hits, 35 doubles, 41 home runs, 133 RBI (both of which led the NL for the second straight season), a .294/.362/.570 slash line, and a 129 OPS+. He was an All-Star, came in fifth in NL MVP voting, and he won the Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award for NL third baseman.

In 2017, he played in 159 games and he had 100 runs, 187 hits, 43 doubles (which led the league), 37 home runs, 130 RBI, a .309/.373/.586 slash line, and a 132 OPS+. He was an All-Star, came in fourth in NL MVP voting, and he won the Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award for NL third baseman.

Defensively, most Rockies fans know that Arenado is one of, if not the best, defenders in the entire sport. Kris Bryant has 16 DRS for his entire, three-year MLB career. By comparison, Arenado has never had a season where he has had less than 16 DRS, which he had in only 111 games in 2014. In the three seasons that Bryant has been in the league, Arenado has had 18, 20 and 20 DRS in those seasons.

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