1) Did Nolan Arenado sign a contract extension two years ago just to be traded?
Honestly, we’ll likely never know this answer.
However, thinking is that Arenado wanted to be traded before he even signed the contract officially is … suspect.
The likely scenario is that Arenado signed the contract and then, mid-season, saw the team was on the downward slide (for which they have continued since), and then requested a trade.
But with the pandemic, he likely wouldn’t have opted out after 2021 anyways because with opting out he likely wouldn’t have gotten a better contract on the open market, especially with the collective-bargaining agreement coming up this offseason.
So, it stands to reason that he would not sign a huge contract extension and not ask for an opt-out clause. After all, Rockies GM Jeff Bridich admitted that he and the Rockies front office added it in for him.