Colorado Rockies: What could be discussed at the GM meetings

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits the baseball during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field on August 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits the baseball during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field on August 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 1: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after hitting a sixth-inning solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on September 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies could be shopping third baseman Nolan Arenado

There was plenty of discussion about the Rockies listening to offers last season when it came to Nolan Arenado. And those talks led to hard feelings that haven’t shown any signs of healing in the months since they happened.

“There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of. You can quote that,” Arenado told MLB.com last January.

We all know that winning helps ease any tensions in the clubhouse or between players and management in sports. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a lot of that for the Rockies in the last two seasons, adding fuel to Arenado’s competitive fire.

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So as we look ahead to the 2021 season, there is plenty at play here when it comes to Colorado’s All-Star third baseman. There is the opt-out clause at the end of the 2021 campaign. There is the $35 million that is owed to him in 2021. Arenado is coming off a season where his offensive output was severely limited by a shoulder injury suffered just five games into Colorado’s schedule. There is Arenado who, despite the shoulder problems, still won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove and fourth straight Platinum Glove and is one of the game’s premier defenders.

Throw all that into a bucket and measure the temperature of trade talks for Arenado this offseason, also knowing that many owners, like Monfort, are wondering what their financial situations will be with COVID-19 still running rampant. There’s a lot to sort through, but certainly don’t be surprised if teams inquire about Arenado and what it might take to bring him aboard.

Yes, Arenado has an opt-out clause, but he would likely waive it for the right fit and right team. That’s just another piece of the potential blockbuster trade puzzle that Bridich and his team might be trying to put together this offseason.

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