Another day, another fan base thinking their team will be the one to land Nolan Arenado in a trade with the Colorado Rockies.
So far, this offseason, Nolan Arenado has been linked in a potential trade to the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and both Chicago teams. The latest rumor maelstrom to hit social media now has the White Sox landing Colorado’s All-Star third baseman. The rumor has been debunked by reliable sources but that certainly hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning.
Let’s be honest about one thing: Colorado Rockies fans are on edge about the possibility of losing Arenado and his generational talent. It’s a wildfire of concern that has raged since before the New Year and became hit the panic button in the Mountain Time Zone a couple of weeks ago when Arenado and Rockies GM sent out very different messages within a short span.
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Rockies fans, we get it. We see you on social media. We see what you’re clicking on when it comes to our site. We know you’re wondering if and when the best third baseman in the game won’t call Coors Field home any longer.
The bottom line? Unless an extremely surprising deal comes together, Arenado will be in Rockies gear when spring training opens next week at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. He’ll also be on the Colorado roster when the Rockies open the season at San Diego on March 26.
What happens after that? That remains to be seen. Will Colorado truly be the postseason contender that so many within the organization believe they can be? Will Arenado and the front office be able to co-exist without that friction rubbing off on the entire team? Can an early bunch of wins slow down the thought that Arenado’s exit is happening as soon as possible?
These are the questions that will determine much of Arenado’s near-term future in Colorado.
We do know a few things for sure, as Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post laid out clearly in this article. Trades involving Arenado have been discussed. There is little denying that. But the questions of with which teams and how far those talks have gotten is up for debate … and available for anyone to take a guess at.
Yes, Rockies fans, these are troubling and uncertain times. A quiet offseason and a star player who isn’t happy isn’t the best recipe heading into spring training for a team coming off a 71-win season … or its fanbase.
Know this, my friends, baseball is back next week. Some questions will be answered and maybe, just maybe, we’ll actually hear things straight from the sources of the tension (Arenado and the front office). Until then, take a deep breath and don’t believe everything you read, especially from those who don’t have true insight with the team and are just trying to get you to click.