It was reported today that the Rockies are finalizing a 260 million dollar extension for Nolan Arenado. This monstrous extension could (potentially) last through the 2026 season.
BREAKING: Third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year, contract extension worth more than $255M, league sources tell ESPN. Deal includes an opt-out after three years, would give Arenado the largest per-year salary of any position player.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 26, 2019
What does this mean for the Dodgers? The Dodgers front office was well known to like Arenado’s game. There is a multiple tiered effect.
Part of the Dodgers not going all in this off-season for free agent Bryce Harper was largely speculated to be about trying to lock up Nolan Arenado in free agency after 2019. Now that Nolan Arenado is clearly not available–is it time for the Dodgers to move all in for Bryce Harper? The Dodgers were clearly still interested in Harper. Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts met with him personally in Las Vegas not two days ago. Originally it was reported that the Harper camp wanted a longer contract than the Dodgers were offering. Consequently the question is, what else are the Dodgers saving up their capital for? Nolan Arenado is no longer a target.
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The Bryce Is Right?
Nolan Arenado didn’t reach the ‘300 million’ plateau that Manny Machado did with the Padres. However, his 32.5 AAV is higher than Manny Machado. Only a handful of players are in that 30 million dollar range. Now that Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado have jumped into that status, does this drive up the price of Bryce Harper?
Arenado famously dropped Scott Boras as his agent back in 2015. Scott Boras is absolutely the type of man to ‘keep score.’ It can be absolutely inferred that it’s in Scott Boras’s best interest to drive up the price of Harper. The question is, will the Dodgers find a way to put a blue jersey on Bryce? It’s been reported wildly (like wildfire I should say) that Bryce Harper and his family prefer the west coast. Whether this is hearsay in this wild offseason is impossible to determine.