Nolan Arenado to the Dodgers is no doubt going to be the storyline of the offseason. Since rumors surfaced early on in the month of November, they have only grown. And on Friday morning, the trade talks had reportedly started to heat up according to two different professional sources.
According to former General Manager and current MLB analyst Jim Bowden, the Dodgers and Rockies might be closer than we thought. In fact, Bowden is convinced that Arenado will be a part of the organization by Christmas of THIS year.
Nolan Arenado will be a Dodgers by Christmas. I spoke to the Dodgers, they are obsessed with getting a right-hand bat, preferably a third baseman. And they have been engaged with Jeff Bridich and the Rocked. Arenado is planning on opting out of his contract with the Rockies in a year. And Trevor Story is a free agent in a year. And the Rockies have serious financial issues after the pandemic. The trade talks between the Rockies and Dodgers are real…I think it’s going to happen, I don’t think the Dodgers have a lot of competition in trading for Arenado because of the contract and the opt-out.
Everything about the Rockies’ situation with Arenado makes him a prime candidate to be moved. The only question would be whether Colorado would be willing to deal within their division. Any trade would take Arenado’s approval since he has a no-trade clause, but the Dodgers could be a team he would approve.
Arenado’s contract also suggests that he could use his opt-out after the 2021 season. If that were to happen, it would be disastrous for the Rockies to not get anything in return for him. That being said, the compensation for him might also be a lot lower than any expected. The Dodgers could easily put together a package of prospects to make the deal happen if they want it.
The other question would be if the Dodgers even want Arenado. Andrew Friedman revealed in interviews this month that he would very much like a right-handed bat added to the lineup, and Arenado could be that guy. But if they do manage to land him in a trade, where does that leave Justin Turner? So many questions, so few answers. But the good news is that the hot stove is heating up!
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