Colorado Rockies "Willing To Listen" On Nolan Arenado

105.3 The Fan
December 11, 2019 - 12:58 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Colorado Rockies inked superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado to an eight-year/$260 million extension just last winter, but that isn't stopping them from listening to teams offering trade packages for his services.

According to Sports insider Jon Heyman, the Rockies are "willing to listen to trade inquiries" involving Arenado. Heyman notes the Rangers and Dodgers as the two most prominent teams with interest in the slugger. 

Arenado was known to be the Rangers top target this offseason but he elected to sign back with Colorado before they ever got a chance to bid. The Rangers remain in contention for free agent third basemen Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, but Rendon's market has grown considerably in the last several hours after Gerritt Cole spurned the Angels and Dodgers for a record-breaking contract with the Yankees. Several reports have both of those teams, along with the Rangers, as the favorites to land Rendon. 

Just last week, "multiple teams" reached out to the Rockies regarding the 28-year-old, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported. At the time, Passan said that there wasn't any traction in those conversations, but it likely won't keep teams from continuing to check in to see whether they could potentially pry Arenado away from the Rockies.

Remember, Arenado, who once publicly voiced his frustrations with the Rockies' inability to compete, can opt-out of his deal after 2021. The Rockies won just 71 games in 2019, finishing 35 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. In addition to the Dodgers, there's a real feeling around baseball that the San Diego Padres could take a major step forward in 2020 as well, further complicating the Rockies' path to the postseason for the foreseeable future.

Even if the Rockies aren't ready to seriously weigh offers right now, they may reach a point where they are. So it doesn't hurt to open the lines of communication.

The possibility also exists that a suitor becomes so enamored with Arenado that they are willing to blow the Rockies away with an offer that forces them to seriously consider trading their franchise icon. After all, Arenado is one of the greatest fielding third basemen in baseball history, and has hit over 35 home runs and driven in over 100 runs in five consecutive seasons. Adding him could help push a contender over the top.

Should the Rangers not land Rendon or Donaldson, making an inquiry on Arenado would be an interesting pivot for an organization that became accustomed to Hall of Fame caliber play at the hot corner during Adrian Beltre's eight seasons with the team.

The Rangers' top-rated prospect is third baseman Josh Jung, the No. 55 prospect in the sport. Whether now is the time for the Rangers to be attempting to cash in their top prospects - and whether they could build a strong enough package around Jung - remains to be seen. But the Rangers have strong starting pitching, and with the addition of Arenado, they could theoretically be competitive in 2020.