An earthquake hit Colorado Rockies fans on Friday night when it was first announced that Nolan Arenado was being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. The final aftershock struck on Monday night when the trade became official.
On Monday night, once the deal was official, the @Rockies Twitter account summed up the feelings of every Colorado fan succinctly.
In the end, there was no white knight coming in to save the Rockies from making a trade that has been decried by national and local writers time and time again. The Cardinals got what they wanted by adding a generational talent at the hot corner. The Rockies? Well, it’s time to officially start thinking about life without Arenado in the starting lineup. And it’s time to think about what comes next for the franchise, including if they’ll be able to sign Trevor Story (with a contract ending after this season) to a long-term deal and who will man third base for the Rockies when 2021 begins (likely Ryan McMahon).
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With the official announcement of Arenado leaving, we also know what the Rockies will be getting in return. In exchange for Arenado, the Rockies received five players from the Cardinals, including three pitchers. The players sent by St. Louis are infielder Mateo Gil, left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Tony Locey, infielder Elehuris Montero, and right-handed pitcher Jake Sommers.
Only Gomber has seen time in the Majors, making 14 appearances (including four starts) for the Cardinals last season. The 27-year-old Gomber went 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 2020, with 15 walks and 27 strikeouts in 29 innings.
With no Minor League Baseball because of COVID-19, Gil, Locey, Montero, and Sommers did not see time on the field last season. Montero was ranked as the Cardinals’ eighth-highest prospect and Locey was 19th according to MLB.com.
We will update this story below as more information becomes available.
UPDATE: Trevor Story has weighed in with some thoughts after the trade became official.
And here’s more on the “cash considerations” from the Rockies to the Cardinals…