Jeff Bridich: “In those negotiations, I was the one who actually pushed for that opt-out for, if we’re going to use the word, window to be in there. To Nolan’s credit, he didn’t have a ton of interest in that initially being in there. It wasn’t a priority of his for it to be in there. I was the one who thought it might be a good idea.”
This is the quote that is going to be broken down for months to come.
Why would Colorado’s GM put an opt-out clause into a contract if the player didn’t care about it or even suggest it to start? Bridich was asked about the clause later in the gathering and here’s what he said.
"“When you commit to each other at a certain time, that’s what you got. You got a certain time. And you have a certain period in everybody’s life. The life of the player, the life of the organization. Just trying to learn lessons from years and years and years, and contracts over contracts over contracts, not just in this organization, but in the industry. Let’s just put in a time where we come together and say, ‘OK, is this right to stay together?’ Seems pretty reasonable and realistic when there’s one career on the line and a lot of money on the line and really behind all that a commitment. Can we share a vision going forward? Nothing really more than that.”"
Did the Rockies simply want to make sure that the organization and Arenado had enough wiggle room to get out of the contract if one or both sides changed their views and abilities to produce? For the Rockies, that would mean elevating the franchise back to its winning ways. For Arenado, that would mean continuing to perform at an Arenado-type level.
It’s hard to explain the reasoning behind giving the face of your franchise a way to leave early. However, it’s clear that the Rockies were thinking something might change during the next two seasons that would make a clean break easier. It’s an odd thought and one that will be broken down many, many ways until the clause is in the past.