More from Rox Pile
- A Colorado Rockies Thanksgiving
- Colorado Rockies: What if Todd Helton had played football instead?
- Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon out for the season
- Colorado Rockies: Injuries shift look of roster ahead of Dodgers series
- Colorado Rockies: Has Sean Bouchard earned a second look in 2023?
Thoughts on his comments
Arenado, obviously, does not regret saying that he feels disrespected by the Rockies but one of the unintended consequences of his comments was his teammates having to talk about the situation at RockiesFest but Jeff Bridich wouldn’t discuss the situation then (or since) either.
He did say that the “disconnect” can be fixed and he’s not going to let it impact his relationship with his teammates or his on-field performance, which if it is put into practice, that’s a good thing for Rockies fans to hear. However, Arenado is not going to spring training early, even though he is training just 10 miles away from the Rockies spring training facility. That is something that could be viewed as something to the disconnect and maybe Arenado wants to spend the least amount of time there as possible.
His last comments are the comments that I think are most troubling. He’s optimistic but he said, “I have to be.” To me, he still seems to still be expressing that they are not a competitive team right now. A lot of people are expressing that same thought (and for good reason), but it’s not the best thing for the face of the franchise to say that he’s optimistic on the season because he has to be (aka he’s not optimistic).
Also, that comment coupled with his comments on wanting to win still make it sound like he isn’t optimistic on staying with the Rockies. Thomas Harding of MLB.com seemed to predict earlier this week that Arenado will be traded during spring training (and we discussed that here).
Only time will tell if that reigns true but at least we know more of what Arenado is thinking as full club workouts loom.