4 Teams Who Should Make Serious Trade Inquiries on Nolan Arenado

tim-kelly
December 05, 2019 - 9:50 am

It hasn't even been a calendar year since the Colorado Rockies inked superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado to an eight-year/$260 million extension. But teams are already calling to inquire on the availability of the five-time All-Star.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, "multiple teams" have reached out to the Rockies regarding the 28-year-old third baseman. Passan says that there wasn't any traction in those conversations, but that likely won't keep teams from continuing to check in to see whether they could potentially pry Arenado away from the Rockies.

Remember, Arenado, who once publicly voiced his frustrations with the Rockies' inability to compete, can opt-out of his deal after 2021. The Rockies won just 71 games in 2019, finishing 35 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. In addition to the Dodgers, there's a real feeling around baseball that the San Diego Padres could take a major step forward in 2020 as well, further complicating the Rockies' path to the postseason for the foreseeable future.

Even if the Rockies aren't ready to seriously weigh offers right now, they may reach a point where they are. So it doesn't hurt to open the lines of communication.

The possibility also exists that a suitor becomes so enamored with Arenado that they are willing to blow the Rockies away with an offer that forces them to seriously consider trading their franchise icon. After all, Arenado is one of the greatest fielding third basemen in baseball history, and has hit over 35 home runs and driven in over 100 runs in five consecutive seasons. Adding him could help push a contender over the top.

With that in mind, here's five teams that should aggressively inquire on Arenado, and could potentially match up in a trade: