Before today’s big news in Major League Baseball about the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal, Colorado Rockies TV broadcaster Drew Goodman joined Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo on his MLB Network show, High Heat, to give his opinion on the Nolan Arenado trade rumors.
The trade rumors involving the Colorado Rockies and Nolan Arenado have had a lot of developments in the past month or so, and particularly, in the past week.
Goodman joined Christopher Russo on High Heat to talk about those rumors and his comments were telling, especially for one that has been called a “lackey” for the Rockies organization.
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Goodman said that the first that he heard of the Arenado trade rumors were around the Winter Meetings about a month ago. At first, “I said ‘this isn’t gonna happen, there’s no way’ but the more you hear about it, the more you think about where they are [as a team], the fact that he can opt-out [after 2021], it becomes more credible.” He said that he thinks that a trade is “certainly more likely to happen.”
However, even though the Rockies “will never win in the court of public opinion,” for a trade, Goodman said that the Rockies need to make sure to get a deal for Arenado that will benefit them down the road, like they did for Matt Holliday in the 2008-09 offseason.
In that deal for Holliday, they acquired Greg Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Huston Street. Both Gonzalez and Street, obviously, became huge parts of the Rockies team in 2009 that went to the playoffs and for subsequent teams.
On a deal before the start of the 2020 season, Goodman said this:
“[I]t would not surprise me now if they do do a deal prior to the start of the season, and that’s a 180 for me from where we were 4 [to] 6 weeks ago…because you are going to try to maximize what you can get back [for him]…” said Goodman.
Also, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported this morning that the chance of an Arenado trade is higher than a trade involving Francisco Lindor or Mookie Betts, which to me, personally, kind of went without saying because I think the chances either Lindor or Betts are traded this offseason is less than five percent now.
You can watch the entire segment with Goodman and Russo here.
Overall, I tend to agree with Goodman. I still don’t necessarily believe that he will be traded this offseason but the chances are higher than we thought it was a few weeks ago and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is traded.
However, the Rockies must make sure that they get multiple MLB caliber players and hit a home run with a deal. If not, then they may get a better deal later during the season if the Rockies aren’t in contention.