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Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals
This is another trade proposal, like the Mets proposal, that would be complicated. The proposal, from early January, included the Rockies getting right-handed pitchers Dakota Hudson and Carlos Martinez along with outfielder Tyler O’Neill and minor-league left-hander Matthew Liberatore.
This is more along the lines of what the Rockies would be looking for in a trade proposal: major league talent but also, with a top 100 prospect as well in Liberatore.
The Cardinals still are in desperate need of offense and a third baseman as Matt Carpenter, their primary third baseman, hit .186/.325/.314 with an OPS+ of 77. It was his second-straight season with an OPS+ below league average and the Cardinals second-straight season where their position players had an overall OPS+ below league average.
In the return back to the Rockies, Tyler O’Neill may be the most name in the proposal due to the vast Coors Field outfield. In 2020, he had 9 Defensive Runs Saved for the Cardinals, which was the best on their team. For a full 162-game schedule, that would be equivalent to 30 DRS.
However, since that proposal was made in January, Dakota Hudson got injured and he will likely miss the entire 2021 campaign due to Tommy John surgery so his name is almost definitely out of consideration for being traded.
At the time of the rumored proposal, Rox Pile’s Kevin Larson shared his thoughts on this rumor as well, including whether he thought that the deal would work for the Rockies or not.
The Arenado trade rumors will likely be the biggest story of the offseason surrounding the Rockies once again and, perhaps, the Rockies may decide to pull the trigger on a trade.