The biggest rumor that the Dodgers were attached to this offseason was with Nolan Arenado. Since the season ended, there have been rumblings about the possibility that Colorado would deal away their star third baseman to a team already on top of the division.
Those rumors reached a boiling point when The Athletic’s Jim Bowden said that Arenado would be a part of the Dodgers by Christmas. Obviously, that never happened. Instead, the Rockies waited until this week and dealt the perennial All-Star to the St Louis Cardinals. That deal saw Colorado send the Cards $50 million to help with his contract.
But according to David Vassegh, his belief is that the Rockies never had any intention of sending Arenado to the Dodgers. Maybe it was a way to boost competition and drive up the price, or it could be as simple as rumors that got out of control.
It does seem odd that a team would trade their franchise player to a division rival. But there is little doubt that the Dodgers would not be able to top the offer from St. Louis as well. The opt-out in his massive $260 million contract this year essentially put the Rockies in a position where they had to move him.
If the Dodgers were going to go after him, Arenado would’ve likely needed to waive his opt-out. That would have made him their third baseman for the foreseeable future, removing Justin Turner from the conversation.
Regardless, it appears as if they had no desire at all to do business with the fellow NL West team. If the Dodgers are still looking to get a big right-handed bat in their lineup, the clock is ticking.
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