If you think the thoughts about potentially being traded have faded from Nolan Arenado’s mind, the Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman made it clear that it’s still very much a part of how he is approaching the 2020 season.
In an interview with Barstool Sports that was published in part on TikTok, Nolan Arenado said he is heading into this upcoming season with the Colorado Rockies with knowledge that 29 other Major League Baseball teams may be looking at possibly acquiring him. Potentially, that could be at this season’s trade deadline or even after his opt-out clause kicks in following the 2021 campaign.
Here are the quotes from Arenado, discussing the possibility of being traded.
"“I think it’s kind of a compliment, knowing that teams, you hear your name and teams would love to have you on their team. I never forget, when I was younger, my dad would always say you’re always playing for 30 teams. Thirty teams are watching. Now, I’m going out there and 29 teams are watching. It’s actually a good feeling.“I’m not someone who cashes a check and packs it in. Now, hey man, you never know what can happen. I want to win here. But if it doesn’t work out, hey, maybe there would be another team, a winner, that would want me on their team. I think it’s a great thing. It kind of gets me fired up for the season, just to go out there and compete.”"
You can hear Arenado for yourself in the video below.
Let’s make it clear. Arenado said he wants to win in Colorado (telling USA Today recently that all he wants to do is win) and he is certainly hoping that the Rockies can rebound from last season’s 71-91 mark. However, if the Rockies start the season slow, don’t be surprised if trade rumors regarding Arenado start heating up quickly.
Arenado wants success in Denver. If he and the Rockies can find it early, a lot of questions and speculation could die down quickly. That’s exactly what Rockies fans, who don’t want to lose this generational talent to another team, hope happens.