About an hour after Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said that the Rockies “have listened to teams” in regards to a trade for Nolan Arenado and “really nothing has come of it,” Thomas Harding of MLB.com came out with a bombshell article on Nolan Arenado and his relationship with the Colorado Rockies front office.
Just after Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said that everybody “can put [the Nolan Arenado trade rumors] to bed”, the Rockies star third baseman spoke to Thomas Harding of MLB.com and he did not mince words on the situation.
"“There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of,” Arenado said in a text. “You can quote that.”"
In reaction to Bridich’s proclamation, Arenado elaborated.
"“You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there,” Arenado said. “There is a lot of disrespect.”"
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Arenado said that he wouldn’t get into the details in regards to elaborating further on what was disrespectful.
Arenado later responded to Harding by saying that he was “not mad at trade rumors,” but “[t]here’s more to it than that.”
When reached via text by Harding, Bridich said he would respond soon to Arenado’s comment.
In other words, things are not lilacs and roses between Nolan Arenado and the Rockies front office right now. That’s part of the reason why the trade rumors have been bandied about in the first place as Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network (and others) have noted that they believed this. Rosenthal said that he believes a trade is “inevitable” because he believed that Arenado felt “betrayed” by the Rockies.
That’s partially why I personally said earlier this week on part two of our podcast this that the rumors were “not just smoke.”
These comments from Arenado are a mammoth of a blow to the Colorado Rockies and relations between Nolan Arenado and yet another blow to Rockies fans, who have had to deal with one of the worst, if not the worst, offseason in franchise history. The Rockies are now also put in a bind because the chance of getting what they want for him in a trade have just become a lot more difficult.
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UPDATE (10:40 PM M.T.): Arenado also spoke to Denver7 and he said that “Jeff [Bridich] is very disrespectful. I never talk trash or anything,” Arenado said via text. “I play hard, keep my mouth shut. But I can only get crossed so many times.”