Nolan is not Eric Hosmer, and the Rockies need to get it through their head that this player they have is not just a great player, he is a generational player, and deserves to be compensated as such.
I understand that this is arbitration, and a player has never been given this much money, but that’s where the league is going. If players aren’t going to get long contracts, them average salaries are going to skyrocket, just like the NBA. If reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts is not locked up by the Boston Red Sox before next offseason you can all but guarantee that he will break the $26 million mark that Nolan got. Betts got $20 million in just his second arbitration eligible season in January.
This shouldn’t have been a fight, and for some reason, it kind of was. You have a perennial MVP candidate and the only reason he doesn’t have at least one MVP award is because he plays for the Rockies at Coors Field.
I really hope that this odd ploy by management to let Nolan know that they are in charge doesn’t come back to bite the Rockies, because I know if they had gone to a hearing the chances of re-signing him would have been in the toilet, in my opinion.
So now that this is over, let’s hope that everyone can put their egos aside for a bit and get the best third baseman in baseball paid what he deserves so that he can be a Rockie for life.