Thu. Jan 23rd, 2020

When I think of the best players in baseball, one of the first few names that comes to mind is Nolan…

When I think of the best players in baseball, one of the first few names that comes to mind is Nolan Arenado, a special talent on both sides of the ball. A 4 time Silver Slugger with 7 Gold Gloves, there aren’t many players who match Arenado’s level of all around talent. This is precisely why the St. Louis Cardinals are making a push to trade for him, and it’s looking more and more like that is going to happen. What are the consequences of that trade? For the Cardinals, very few. But what about the rest of baseball?

The Rockies are expected to ask for one of 4 Cardinals top prospects; OF Dylan Carlson, 3B Nolan Gorman, LHP Matthew Liberatore, or C Andrew Knizner (via JP Morosi). That would not be all Colorado gets, and there is a lot more that goes into a trade than the simple return. Arenado is owed $234M over the next 7 years, and he has an opt-out after 2021. To me, these factors pale in comparison to the real purpose of the trade; getting an MVP caliber player. The Rockies extended Arenado’s contract last season because he earned it and they were able to. They are not over the luxury tax threshold, and having Arenado on payroll is not keeping them from getting someone they think could help them more. He’s a beyond valuable asset, and he’s theirs.

Prospects are just that until proven otherwise. There is almost no chance that 3B Nolan Gorman turns into a better player than 3B Nolan Arenado, and that is one of my main points. Yes, all superstars were prospects at some point, but most prospects never reach that level. Nolan Arenado should be untouchable. For reasons that I cannot grasp, he isn’t.

Colorado drastically underperformed last year en route to a 71-91 finish, but they made the playoffs in 2018 and had a winning record in 2017. They aren’t done for, and their team is not too different than it was in 2018. Why would they trade the face of their franchise and rebuild?

This trade would set a tone for the 2020’s that nobody is truly untouchable. What does it take to steal a star from a team who doesn’t really need to trade him? If this trade happens, the answer is “not much.”

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know below 👇👇👇

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