There are plenty of trade rumors floating around regarding Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. However, one MLB Network insider is telling fans to pump the brakes on thinking a trade will happen any time soon.
Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network insider, said on Tuesday that he is hearing the trade rumors surrounding Nolan Arenado are “not anything that is imminent by any means.” This comes on the heels of a former Major League Baseball general manager (Jim Bowden) recently predicting that Arenado would be wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform by Christmas.
In fact, Feinsand thinks it may not just be the timing of an Arenado trade in question, but whether the Rockies deal Arenado at all.
“I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that he gets moved,” Feinsand said. “And if he does, I certainly don’t think it’s happening soon.”
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One of the biggest hold-ups to any potential trade involving Arenado is the amount he is still to receive from an eight-year, $260 million contract he inked with Colorado prior to the 2019 campaign. With Arenado having his season cut short for the second straight year by injuries, his numbers from 2020 lessened by a shoulder injury suffered early in the campaign, and the economic fallout for all teams from a pandemic that kept fans out of stadiums throughout the regular season, there are plenty of reasons why a trade for Arenado this offseason doesn’t make sense.
There is also the simple fact that, while Arenado and Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich could well still be enduring a frosty relationship that began last offseason, Arenado is an elite player at his position and “the face of the Rockies franchise,” according to Feinsand.
“The Rockies love Arenado,” Feinsand said. “This could happen down the road. Nothing is imminent. I think right now, there’s a lot of smoke but I wouldn’t say there’s anything close to a fire.”
While the Dodgers and Rockies have been tied together on a potential Arenado trade, Feinsand spelled out the obvious about a rumored trade between the National League West teams.
“Certainly a guy like him would be tough to trade within the division,” Feinsand said. “The last thing the Rockies want to do is have to see him (Arenado) 19 times a year.”