Colorado Rockies: Making sense of a Chicago Cubs-Nolan Arenado trade
Would this make sense?
Let’s review here real quick.
The Cubs would get:
Nolan Arenado, 3B
Garrett Hampson, 2B/OF
The Rockies would get:
Kris Bryant, 3B/OF
Willson Contreras, C
This would have the Cubs taking on an additional $12.5M in annual salary (until Hampson is eligible for arbitration) but would likely result in more overall years of control with the assumption that Arenado waives his opt out, possibly negating the need for Colorado to pick up some of Arenado’s contract. The Rockies would get the quicker bang for your buck with both Bryant and Contreras which would fit their mentality of still trying to compete now while the Cubs play a bit of a longer game with Hampson while having a near certainty with Arenado.
Now if the Rockies have a change of heart on their direction and decide that yes, a rebuild is necessary then this framework would certainly change. However, if they’re still aiming to compete the next two seasons then a package like this would fit their needs while still giving the Cubs enough value in return to hopefully be willing to part with Bryant and Contreras.
The Arenado rumors are going nowhere. This is a party that nobody wanted and Bridich is the Master of Ceremonies. But if a potential trade with the Cubs is the answer, this could be a potential solution that could solve everyone’s needs revolving around these two disgruntled stars.