Report: Cardinals, Rockies talking about star Arenado

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to The Athletic, the St. Louis Cardinals have held trade talks with the Colorado Rockies. The person at the center of this proposed deal is Nolan Arenado.

Ken Rosenthal – who broke the story – said in his piece that the two sides are not close in agreement at this time. No compensation was mentioned in the story.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hits a home run against the San Francisco Giants
Nolan Arenado hits a home run against the San Francisco Giants (Photo by Nolan Arenado/Instagram)

The Rockies are shopping for their third baseman. He still has $199 million left on his contract.

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He is signed through the 2026 season. For Arenado to be traded, he’ll have to waive his no-trade clause.

If a deal can be reached, St. Louis may ask Arenado to push back his opt-out. Presently, it’s at the end of the 2021 season.

Arenado is slated to make $35 million per season for the next four seasons. Then, in 2025, the number drops to $32 million. In 2026, it falls to $27 million.

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The Cardinals have a history to go for the home run with big trades in the past. If the two sides can reach an agreement, Arenado will be the next player to land in St. Louis in a blockbuster trade.

Presently, Matt Carpenter is projected to be the team’s starting third baseman. However, if Arenado comes to the team, Carpenter would have to change positions if he’s not included in a trade.

Arenado had eight home runs in 48 games during the 60-game MLB coronavirus schedule in 2020. He had 26 RBIs on 46 hits in 182 at-bats.

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The eight-time Gold Glove winner has a career .293 batting average with 235 home runs and 760 RBIs in eight seasons.

The eight home runs in 2020 by Arenado would have led the Cardinals. Brad Miller and Tyler O’Neill had seven home runs each.

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