Jeff Passan of ESPN published an article on Tuesday discussing the possibility of trading a number of players across the major leagues and two of them were Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story.
There have been a lot more trade rumors throughout baseball this offseason compared to last offseason and a lot of them are regarding big name players.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, multiple teams reached out to the Rockies on Arenado but talks “went nowhere.” With extending Arenado this past offseason, it is obviously something that the Rockies didn’t plan on discussing this offseason but with the way the 2019 season unfolded, it has some teams questioning whether or not they will sell this offseason.
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Passan doesn’t mention whether or not any teams have reached out on Story but he does mention him as a possible trade candidate in his article due to the chance of extending him long term.
Story has two years left before he becomes a free agent and Passan says that “[t]he notion of the Rockies carrying two $30 million-plus players simultaneously is laughable,” which points to at least one of Arenado or Story being traded eventually.
Passan says that trading one of them would help the Rockies “at least some control over how to dictate their future.” But if they don’t and both Arenado and Story walk after the 2021 season (Arenado would have to opt-out), Passan says that the Rockies situation would be a “true mess.”
Personally, I think that it is very unlikely that the Rockies trade either one of them this offseason. However, if the Rockies are well out of playoff contention in July, I personally think that the Rockies should trade at least one of them, if not both of them. Team’s will be more willing to overpay for Arenado or Story because they will get them for a playoff run in 2020 and a full 2021 season.
If the Rockies are in that spot and do nothing, as Passan says, “[i]naction, in this case, is inviting disaster,” and that inaction may be something that could set the Rockies back nearly a decade.