Colorado Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich has watched Nolan Arenado develop from a chubby kid drafted out of El Torro High School ten years ago, into one of the most acclaimed players in the sport. And now, thanks to him and the Rockies ownership coming to an agreement with Arenado for an eight-year $260 million contract, it appears that one of the greatest third baseman in recent memory may very well remain a Colorado Rockie for his entire career.
Though Colorado has been reluctant in the past to retire the numbers of their all-time greats, it’s a safe bet to assume that no other player will ever don 28 in purple. But the ramifications of this deal go far beyond Nolan’s personal legacy in Denver. Arenado’s historic contract could quite possibly yield historic results for Colorado–a team that has never won a World Series.
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Their eyes are set on a championship in 2019, but even if this isn’t the year, keeping Nolan around secures the Rockies’ window well into the next decade when players like David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Garrett Hampson, and Brendan Rodgers will be coming into their primes to support a powerful pitching staff with homegrown arms that will also be entering their prime (the Rockies’ top 4 starting pitchers are all under 30).
We may be witnessing the birth of the best Rockies team we will see during our generation and it feels like only a matter of time before they finally secure their first division title and perhaps even the first World Championship in franchise history.
The crew at Blake Street Ball recently broke down Arenado’s contract and the impact it has on the Rockies and the National League West going forward:
While time will only tell what 2019 will bring for the Rockies, there is no doubt that Rockies fans are more excited for this season than they have been in a long time–and for good reason.