The 2020-21 MLB offseason is going much slower than usual, which often means that the rumors get weirder as time goes on. That certainly has been the case with the Dodgers as they continue to be linked to virtually every player rumored to be available on the market.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a typical offseason without the Dodgers being linked to some superstar. This year, that superstar is Nolan Arenado. MLB writers and experts alike have predicted that Arenado will be traded at some point, and many continue to list LA as a possible destination.
This week, ESPN writer Jeff Passan offered up one scenario in which the Dodgers could land Nolan Arenado. Be ready for it though, as it’s a bit of a tough one to follow. Basically, the scenario would involve one team acting as a temporary stop for Arenado. Team A would trade a bad contract to the Rockies in exchange for taking Arenado’s entire contract away from the Rockies. That team would then look to flip Arenado to another team for prospects, possibly paying down his contract to balance out.
The downside to all of this is that Arenado has a full no-trade clause that could complicate this for other teams. It could, however, work out in favor of the Dodgers. If Los Angeles isn’t set on taking on his contract, they could use another team to help pay it down in exchange for prospects. A team with a bad contract on their hands might be motivated to gain some prospect capital and balance out on money long-term.
The question then shifts to the Rockies and what they’re hoping to get out of the deal. Taking on a bad(but must less than Arenado’s) contract in exchange for freeing up $199 million could be in their best interests, but they could also be betting on his opting out after 2021. If that’s truly how Colorado views this situation, then the Dodgers would have to go after him in free agency.
It’s all very complicated, and to be quite honest, my money is on Arenado staying put in 2021. Could the Dodgers use him at third base? Sure, any team in baseball could use his glove and bat at the hot corner. But with the money that comes with him, a trade for Nolan Arenado would have to go through a lot of financial loopholes to get him here. Then again, we’ve seen Andrew Friedman do crazier things…
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