The $30 million baseball player isn’t dead. But he can kill a major-league team’s best chance to win the World Series. If third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Rockies can’t agree on the basic economic principles of building a championship team, all talk of a long-term contract is a waste of everyone’s oxygen. Let’s file for an amicable divorce and find out the talent haul Arenado could bring Colorado in trade. Deadlines bring clarity, and as the machinations of arbitration force Arenado and the Rockies to get serious about money, let’s set aside sentiment and ego. This is a baseball math problem. If the best player in franchise history doesn’t share a vision with general manager Jeff Bridich for how the Rockies can rock October, it’s best for both parties to get on with the business of trading Arenado. Trade Arenado? That’s not the outcome anyone wants here, whether you hang on every pitch at Coors Field or are too busy drinking beer … [Read more...] about Kiszla: Trade Nolan Arenado? Here’s a plan to keep him in a Rockies uniform through 2022.
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The Rockies and all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado failed to agree to a one-year deal for the 2019 season on Friday, meaning that salary arbitration next month remains a possibility. Arenado was seeking $30 million but the Rockies countered with a $24 million offer. A number of national baseball writers, including ESPN’s Jeff Passan, reported that the two sides will likely reach an agreement and won’t need an arbitration hearing. Speculation is that Arenado will ultimately land a deal around $27 million. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season. When asked if he thinks he’ll avoid arbitration, Arenado said: “This is a business, we’ll have to see what happens.” Colorado has had just four arbitration hearings in its history: Dennys Reyes in 2002, Sun-Woo Kim (2006), Brian Fuentes (2008) and Wilin Rosario (2015). Arenado, 27, has won a Gold Glove in each of his first six seasons in the majors and is fresh off a season in … [Read more...] about Rockies fail to meet Nolan Arenado’s $30 million demand as possibility of arbitration looms
Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. I have a question stated through the eye of metrics and I hope ownership sees it, as I hope to hear your opinion/response: Why is there a question regarding Nolan Arenado and his future in Colorado? Use a weighted metric that incorporates true value based on trackable stats (even while allowing for a variation due to Coors Field) and Nolan still comes up ahead of both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Now a statement more than a question: why hasn’t this deal been done — especially when the average fan is smart enough to see the value of profit-based revenue, also and just wants to be rewarded for being a fan. He deserves the money and his character (especially when viewed against the other two) implies that the Rockies will only get even more … [Read more...] about Rockies Mailbag: Nolan Arenado must want to stay in Colorado rather than test free agency
LAS VEGAS — Topic No. 1 for Rockies fans this winter is not about who’s on first in 2019. Nor is it about whether the club will add a power bat to wake up its sleepy offense. Those issues, important as they are, are secondary. The fate of all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who’s entering the final year of his contract, trumps everything, at least in the eyes of many fans. Will he sign a long-term deal? Will he be traded? Yet here at the winter meetings, Arenado’s future has been put on the back burner, at least for now. General manager Jeff Bridich, who’s busy swapping text messages with teams and agents, has more immediate concerns at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Yes, Bridich is aware of the Arenado issue, and he made it clear Monday that the Rockies are still in the game when it comes to a long-term deal with their third baseman. Bridich said the Rockies continue to have “good communication” with Arenado. The GM also … [Read more...] about Rockies can afford Nolan Arenado, GM Jeff Bridich says at winter meetings
Nolan Arenado and the Rockies are approaching a critical crossroads. At stake is nothing less than the direction of the franchise, hundreds of millions of dollars and the future of a once-in-a-generation third baseman. The Rockies must decide if they are able — or willing — to offer a contract that would likely exceed $200 million and make the 27-year-old Arenado the backbone of the franchise for the better part of the next decade. Or they might determine that a long-term deal is unworkable and attempt to trade Arenado — this winter or next summer — and then deal with the fallout from their fans. Arenado, who’s scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season, must determine if he wants to stay with the team that raised him, or abandon that security and chase his World Series dreams in a different market. Arenado has said only that his overriding desire is to play for a perennial contender, and that he expects to be a member of the Rockies when … [Read more...] about 10 years after blockbuster trade, Matt Holliday weighs in on future of Rockies’ Nolan Arenado