As expected, the Colorado Rockies are reportedly doing what they can now to show All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado that they want him to be a part of the franchise for years to come.
In this article, Jon Morosi of MLB.com says the Colorado Rockies are “intent” on trying to sign Arenado to a long-term deal rather than trade him. With Arenado expected to sign an MLB-record arbitration deal for the upcoming season and then become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 campaign, the clock is certainly ticking for the Rockies to get things done before contract talks become a distraction.
However, in this article, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reminds Rockies fans that it is “rare” for teams and players of Arenado’s caliber to get a contract completed with a year still to go. With that in mind, can Rockies fans expect for the drama to last into the 2019 season? Unfortunately, it seems likely.
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On a recent conference call with Rockies media members (including Rox Pile), Colorado general manager gave an update on contract talks with Arenado, describing the conversations as “honest.” You can read all of Bridich’s quotes about the situation by clicking here.
Arenado added once again to his hardware collection earlier this week by winning his sixth consecutive Gold Glove and fourth straight Silver Slugger Awards. Arenado’s four Silver Sluggers tie him with Todd Helton for the most in franchise history.
He is also just the ninth player since 1980 to win both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in four consecutive campaigns.
Last season, Arenado paced the National League with 38 homers, marking the first time in his already storied career that he won the league home run title. It was also his fourth consecutive season with at least 75 extra-base hits, joining Chipper Jones as the only third basemen to accomplish that feat.