This offseason has been another quiet one for the Colorado Rockies, both in terms of personnel moves and communication with fans and media.
With that, there are plenty of questions about the Rockies as spring training draws ever closer. Taking a cue from some of the questions that fans have been asking us (and other members of the media) about the Rockies and where the franchise is heading, let’s look at three questions that fans would love to have some information about before the Rockies open the 2021 season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 1 at Coors Field (provided the schedule remains intact with COVID-19 still impacting our society).
The first question, of course, revolves around the future of Nolan Arenado in Denver. While we certainly don’t expect the Colorado front office to tip their hand about how much they’ve been discussing trades involving the All-Star third baseman, it would at least be nice to know just how icy or solid is the relationship between the front office and Arenado.
It’s been almost exactly one year since Arenado mentioned the word “disrespect” when it came to his relationship with the Rockies’ brass. Since then, we’ve heard very little about any efforts to mend the relationship … or if that’s even a priority.
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Is Arenado a part of the long-term future in Denver, knowing there is the possibility of a trade or the opt-out clause following this season being employed? Arenado has already said that this year is going to be “interesting” and that he wants to play for a winner. Offseason projections have the Rockies as anything but a winner in 2021, and we know the Dodgers and San Diego Padres, on paper, are both stacked within Colorado’s division.
What comes next? What are the Rockies doing to communicate and work with Arenado, and vice versa heading into a critical season? Colorado fans would love to know.