Arenado officially traded to the Cardinals in a blockbuster deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The St. Louis Cardinals have made another blockbuster trade on Monday night. The team has officially acquired Nolan Arenado.

In exchange for the third baseman, the Rockies received pitcher Austin Gomber. Colorado also received four prospects.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hits a home run in a spring training game against the Texas Rangers
Nolan Arenado hits a home run in a spring training game against the Texas Rangers (Photo by Nolan Arenado/Instagram)

The prospects included in the package are Tony Locey, Jake Sommers, Elehuris Montero, and Mateo Gil. Also, the Rockies are paying the Cardinals $50 million.

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The Cardinals are adding a second opt-out to his contract. He has an opt-out following the upcoming 2021 season.

Now, he’ll have an opt-out following the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Plus, the Cardinals are adding an extra year onto the deal for the 2027 season at $15 million.

The Rockies are covering his entire $35 million for the 2021 season. Then, they’ll pay the additional $15 million for the rest of his deal.

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Arenado is expected to be the Cardinals starting third baseman.

He 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.

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

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

Gomber played two MLB seasons with the Cardinals. He pitched for the team in 2018 then returned in 2020.

He is 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 43 games, including 15 starts. He also has three games finished.

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The left-handed pitcher allowed 46 runs (43 earned runs), including eight home runs, on 100 hits in 104 innings. Gomber has struck out 94 batters and walked 47.

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