It was reported on Twitter on Thursday night that the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox had reached an agreement to acquire third baseman Nolan Arenado. But that’s not the full story … and it gets more interesting from there.
You probably haven’t heard that there’s a trade agreement between the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies for third baseman Nolan Arenado and there’s a reason why.
It was reported that there was an agreement but it was by an anonymous account.
As the tweet mentions, though, Arenado would have to agree to be traded if there’s actually a deal in place. Considering that it’s an anonymous account that is synonymous with tweeting trades that never happen, it would be easy to brush it off.
In fact, Chicago White Sox TV color commentator Steve Stone was one of those people.
The only problem is that the same account had this tweet … just eight hours before Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the same exact details.
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While you may not think of the White Sox as the best team to trade Arenado to, they could be a fit just because their prospects and they could easily slot in Arenado at third base.
The White Sox current third baseman is Yoan Moncada, who had an excellent 2019 season (141 OPS+, 4.6 bWAR), but his second position is second base. Currently, Leury Garcia is at the top of the depth chart there and it’s not the position he played the most in 2019. In fact, he only played two games there (49 total games in his career). The position he played the most was center field but Luis Robert is slated to play there.
Robert signed a six-year, $50 million contract with two team options but he’s never played a single MLB game in his career. But he is the White Sox #1 overall prospect (MLB.com’s #3 overall prospect). If Robert was in the deal, Garcia could move to center and if Robert isn’t in the deal, Garcia could easily be a super utility man for the White Sox, since he has played every position besides first base and catcher in his MLB career.
The White Sox also have three more prospects that are among MLB.com’s top 40. Two of the three (right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech and second baseman Nick Madrigal) have already either made their MLB debut or played at the Triple-A level. The other (first baseman Andrew Vaughn) has a projected MLB ETA of 2020.
Any of those four players could slot well into the Rockies plans in late 2020 or 2021 if a deal is actually in place and Arenado agrees to it.
Whether it actually does happen, though, remains to be seen. We’re putting our bets on this once again being a rumor with nothing behind it.