The first rumored trade package for Nolan Arenado was reported on Saturday by Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.
According to his sources, a deal has been discussed between the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals in which the Cardinals would be sending over Carlos Martinez, Dakota Hudson, Tyler O’Neill and newly acquired Matthew Liberatore for Nolan Arenado (the audio of him reporting this is here about nine minutes into the show).
The initial reaction to the rumor on social media went pretty much how you’d expect any trade offer to go: Rockies fans felt it was too little in return and Cardinals fans thought they would be overpaying.
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It’s the first time we’ve seen actual names associated with any potential Arenado trade, though, and Jon Morosi reported on Sunday that the Rockies and Cardinals have engaged in preliminary trade talks. That lends a little bit of credence that this proposed trade package could be somewhat valid.
Now, I won’t debate the credibility of this trade package here and its source (it’s still simply a rumor and you should always take any rumors you see with a grain of salt). But this does give us a realistic idea of what teams may be offering for Arenado.
So let’s breakdown this trade package and see if the return would be worth it for Arenado.