Is the Colorado Rockies trying to break one of the basic rules of trading superstars?
Former MLB general manager Jim Bowden announced on Friday that the Rockies would soon replace the long-hit third baseman Nolan Arenado with division rival the Los Angeles Dodgers. This means meeting him 18 times a year during the regular season of 162 games.
“Nolan Arenado will be the Dodgers by Christmas” Bowden said on SiriusXM’s MLB Network radio. “I talked to the Dodgers and they’re crazy about getting a right-handed bat, preferably a third baseman. They’ve been engaged. [general manager] Jeff Bridich in the Rocky Mountains.
“Arenado plans to opt out of its contract with the Rocky Mountains within a year. [shortstop] Trevor Story has been a free agent in a year, and the Rocky Mountains have serious financial problems after the pandemic. Trade negotiations between the Rocky Mountains and the Dodgers are real. I think it will happen. “
Arenado has signed an eight-year, $ 260 million contract, with a complete ban on trade until 2026, but will be able to opt out of free agents starting next season.
The 29-year-old five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner are the latest superstars added to the Dodgers, who won the first World Series title since 1988 after acquiring Mookie Betts in the last offseason. Become.
The San Diego Padres have emerged as a serious threat to the Dodgers staying at the top of the National League West, so there is no room to delay the arms race.
“I don’t think the Dodgers are competing a lot in dealing with Arenado because of contracts and opt-outs,” Bowden said. “I think this deal is conditional on Arenado eradicating opt-out and agreeing to be with the Dodgers on a deal agreed without opt-out. This will be the main story.”
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is a free agent, and Arenado grew up in California as a Dodgers fan.
Arenado had a career in 2019, but in 2020 he played with a left shoulder injury and his OPS dropped from .962 to .738.
“Nolan Arenado will be Dodgers by Christmas”: Former GM
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