Published: Tue, February 02, 2021
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Cardinals to acquire All-Star Nolan Arenado from Rockies

Cardinals to acquire All-Star Nolan Arenado from Rockies

On Friday night, reports surfaced that the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies were engaged in a blockbuster deal of their own.

Additionally, Colorado is reportedly sending $50 million to St. Louis and Arenado will be deferring the money he is owed on his large contract. Before the 2019 season, he signed an eight-year, $260 million extension with the Rockies, who drafted him in 2009 and were committing to becoming perennial contenders.

Arenado's contract has a no-trade clause that requires his consent, and a trade would need approval on several levels, United States sports broadcaster ESPN reported. During the abbreviated 2020 season, he slashed.253/.303/.434 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs.

Arenado, 29, has won a Gold Glove in each of his eight seasons in Colorado, where he developed into one of the best players in baseball. The trade would extricate Arenado.

Again, these are a lot of hoops to jump through for a trade, and Rockies fans are likely frustrated their team would be going through such trouble to get rid of a player that has made such a significant impact on the franchise. But the Rockies, who lost 91 games in 2019 and performed at the same pace in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, have a farm system that ranks in the bottom five in baseball and far too many holes on the big league roster than they're capable of filling via trade, free agency, or otherwise.

St. Louis has been a possible suitor for Arenado since trade talks for him began more than a year ago, but blanched at the cost, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Arenado's contract called for salaries of $35 million annually from 2021-24, $32 million in 2025 and $27 million in 2026.

St. Louis brings much of the identical group that created last year's postseason, such as veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright, that finalized a $8 million, one-piece bargain Friday.

Arenado would be the latest established star acquired by St. Louis in his prime.

In the ten years since the Platinum Glove Awards were introduced honoring the best fielder regardless of position in each league, Molina and Arenado are tied for the most with four each.

Mark McGwire came over from Oakland in July 1997 and agreed two months later to a $28.5 million, three-year contract rather than test the market.

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