Yes, I’m bringing back Nolan Arenado to the Dodgers chatter. It was the first big headline of the offseason, “Nolan Arenado will be traded to the Dodgers by Christmas.” Since that time, the headline has been shot down and rumors have subsided.
Still, an Arenado deal remains top of mind for some fans. And in the mind of one baseball writer, those fans may still yet be rewarded.
Rockies scribe for The Athletic Nick Groke explored the trade case for the superstar third baseman earlier this week where, in his mind, the Dodgers can wait out Colorado for the right deal.
The Dodgers are in a perfect position. They can wait to see if [GM Jeff] Bridich becomes desperate. And if not, then whatever. The Rockies, on the other hand, are in a tough spot. They should be worried.
Groke added the qualifier that while LA would like to have Nolan in its lineup in 2021, there isn’t really a pressing need for the defending world champs.
However, now with the reported contract demands of free agent Dodger Justin Turner making its way into the hot stove ethos on Saturday, a trade scenario involving Arenado could once again gain traction. Turner, 36, is seeking a three-year deal on the open market. At that age, LA president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman may be reluctant to bite. For as much as JT means to the organization, a commitment through his age 38 season could hamstring the club and potentially block some top prospects.
Where a deal with Turner makes more sense is in a scenario where the financials are front loaded and the latter year(s) of the contract come with an expectation that he phase into a utility role akin to Chase Utley.
Or, instead, the club puts aside a JT reunion and wait for that Colorado desperation to kick in.
Will a deal for Nolan Arenado come together this offseason? It’s reasonably possible. Could it be with the Dodgers? I wouldn’t hold my breath.