On ESPN’s Gold Glove Award presentation show on Tuesday, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado won his 8th straight Gold Glove Award but when interviewed after winning, he expressed doubt about his future with the team.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado won his 8th straight NL Gold Glove Award on Tuesday, making it the first time that a National League player has won eight straight Gold Gloves since Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones won 10 straight Gold Gloves from 1998 through 2007.
Arenado also is the first NL third baseman to win eight straight Gold Gloves since future Hall of Famer, Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt won nine straight from 1976 through 1984.
When Arenado spoke with ESPN’s Karl Ravech and Mark Teixeria, though, they asked him about his opt-out clause that comes next offseason.
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Here’s what Arenado said:
"“I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Arenado said. “I think this year will be interesting. I’m hopeful that wherever—I wanna play for a winner. If that’s in Colorado, that’s great. And, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about: I just wanna win.”"
As it currently stands, the Rockies are not a winning team as they went 71-91 in 2019 and 26-34 in 2020. They also reside in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are the reigning World Champions and they also have won the NL West title each year since 2013, making the Rockies path to the postseason much more difficult.
If MLB does decide to expand the playoffs to 12 or 14 teams for the upcoming season, the Rockies’ chances at making the postseason will obviously be better. However, the Rockies were unable to make the playoffs in 2020 even with six more teams added to the postseason picture and after starting the season with a record of 11-3, which was the best in baseball.
We still have yet to hear from Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich for his thoughts on the 2020 season and the upcoming offseason but if Rockies’ owner Dick Monfort’s letter is any indication, the Rockies likely will not be taking on more salary this offseason if they don’t shed some, putting Arenado’s future with the Rockies in further jeopardy.