For Colorado Rockies fans, the offseason has been dominated by talk of a possible trade of Nolan Arenado. However, there could be a glimmer of hope coming from, of all places, St. Louis.
With the St. Louis Cardinals rumored to be one of the frontrunners to land Nolan Arenado in a trade if in fact the Colorado Rockies were to deal him, there are plenty of media members using terms such as “imminent” and “likely” when it comes to a trade. One media member closely tied to the Cardinals, however, is putting the brakes on the verbiage being thrown around by some of his colleagues.
Derrick S. Goold, the lead Cardinals writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reported some words from Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak that certainly gave hope to Rockies fans that Arenado wasn’t heading for the Gateway Arch any time soon.
Asked about trade offer/speculations clogging Twitter on Saturday, #Cardinals POBO John Mozeliak tells @Ackerman1120 on KMOX that “90 percent to 95 percent of it is untrue.” He, per usual, declines to discuss a specific trade target. #stlcards #MLB #Rockies
— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) January 12, 2020
Of course, following the logic and math of the quote above, there is still 5 to 10 percent of what is being said that is true. Is that the part about the Cardinals and Rockies discussing a possible Arenado swap? No one outside of the front offices in Denver and St. Louis truly knows the answer to that question. However, Mozeliak seems to be indicating that much of the talk swirling could have more smoke than fire to it.
Is this posturing? Is this a smokescreen? Is this really the truth? It’s part of the chess game and posturing that, unfortunately, seems to have Rockies and Cardinals fans both on the edge of their seats and nerves as spring training is scheduled to open in just over a month.
In other Cardinals-Rockies news, Goold also wrote an article discussing the obstacles the two teams would have to go through before any kind of trade could happen. Meanwhile, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, tweeted that he thought Arenado would waive his no-trade clause to head to St. Louis.
And then there was this supposed leaked trade thought/package from the Cardinals that we broke down in terms of benefits (or lack thereof) to the Rockies.
Simply put, while Mozeliak tried to extinguish some of the rumors, don’t be surprised if the “St. Louis wants Arenado” rumor mill just keeps going.