By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort, the team would like to re-sign third baseman Nolan Arenado. He recently received the largest arbitration deal ever at $26 million.
Monfort would like to keep Arenado for the long-term.
“I think we’ve gotten it to the point, where we’re to the finals,” he said. “We’re to the crescendo.”
With the frigid free agent markets for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — who have yet to sign — he has to think about signing this proposed extension once he is on the table. While $26 million will not be cheap, it’s better than losing him in free agency.
We should know how close, if at all, the two sides are. Monfort could also be saying this to sway other teams to think they’re closer in reaching a deal, than having Arenado walk, like other Rockies players in the past.
The 27-year-old Newport Beach, California native — who has spent his entire career with the Rockies — had a .297 batting average with 38 home runs and 110 RBIs in 156 games. He also had 38 doubles and two triples on 175 hits with 104 runs.
He has had at least 38 home runs over the last four seasons. He had a career-best 42 home runs during the 2015 season.
In addition, Arenado has made the National League All-Star team the last four seasons.