If there is one thing that we all love as human beings, it’s feeling like we are in on some little secret or part of some kind of exclusive club. Right now, it seems like everyone is dying to get in on the “Nolan Arenado will be traded this season” trade rumor bandwagon. Stories keep popping up on the topic like wildfire.
Hey, I get it. We love to report on rumors here at Rox Pile any time we can. However, this is one rumor that simply doesn’t have any legs to it at the present time.
It’s very clear from talking to Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich that he believes this team as it is currently constructed can make a run at the postseason in 2020. Whether you believe that or not is a different story. However, regardless of your take, the Colorado brass has faith in this team’s chances at a third Rocktober appearance in the last four years.
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Knowing that belief, this team isn’t going anywhere without Arenado at third base. It’s one of the reasons why the Rockies signed him to a lucrative extension before last season. It’s also one of the reasons why there is no trade package out there right now that is going to talk the Rockies out of the seven-time Gold Glove winner. Sorry, MLB.com but these trades don’t cut it when you’re talking about a generational talent like Arenado.
Let’s get one thing straight. Of course teams are going to ask the Rockies about Arenado as much as they will Trevor Story, Jon Gray or any other piece that they believe could benefit them. Teams have asked and will ask the Angels about Mike Trout, the Reds about Joey Votto and any number of other teams have been asked about their plans for any number of other players. There is also going to be a call to the bosses of all 30 teams to poke and prod to see about thought processes and next steps. And, yes, general managers are going to answer that call and talk about it.
If that’s what you’re basing your trade rumors on, well, it’s a pretty weak platform.
For all of the grief that Colorado Rockies GM Jeff Bridich gets for doing little to shake up the Rockies roster, you can believe he is talking to other teams about a number of things. They may not happen, but there are conversations happening. And, yes, Arenado is likely to come up in conversation from other teams thinking the Rockies are going through a rebuild.
But the Rockies really don’t believe they are going through a rebuild. They said as much at the end-of-season press conference and Bridich said it again in San Diego. They believe they can contend in the National League. No really, they do. Many of you don’t but they do. And, again, that idea of contention wouldn’t even be a thought without their All-Star manning the hot corner.
What if the Rockies tank to start the season? Could Arenado be a hot topic at the trade deadline? Absolutely he could. But let’s worry about the present and what we know before we worry about “what ifs” and what might be happening in July or when Arenado’s opt-out clause draws closer.
There will be plenty of talk about what might happen with Arenado and a trade between now and spring training. However, you can believe that #28 will show up in Scottsdale in a Rockies uniform and will start the 2020 season in San Diego anchoring Colorado’s batting order. He isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The Rockies need him way too much.