Rockies Nolan Arenado now has closure ~ St. Louis Cardinals move forward


St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado subject of many trade rumors this offseason. (Photo credit: Adam Glanzman, MLB Photo via Getty Images @2019 Major League Baseball Photos)

BASEBALL SCUTTLEBUTT RUMORS


One of the hottest and largely discussed trade possibility in the MLB this offseason. That of the St. Louis Cardinals in trade talks with the Colorado Rockies regarding their third baseman, Nolan Arenado.


"In the beginning", Arenado stated his "interest" in the St. Louis Cardinals. Or, even the Chicago Cubs in his future. Which, allowed the MLB brush fire to begin. I do feel the Cardinals were in fact in contact with the Rockies, which lent to continued 'coverage'.


Speculations made regarding Cardinals players/prospects needed to package such a deal. Pitcher Dakota Hudson, infielder Matt Carpenter, utility Tommy Edman. Prospects Nolan Gorman, Dylan Carlson, Andrew Knizner and Lane Thomas were collectively the main names thrown in the hat of possibles in such a trade. Even Cardinals flipping newly acquired prospect left-handed pitcher, Matt Liberatore. A trade which sent Cardinals 1B/PH/OF Jose Martinez and prospect OF Randy Arozarena to the Tampa Bay Rays.


The remaining money left on the contract of Arenado, $234 MM, for the next six seasons, earliest free agency in 2026. His opt-out clause in 2021. His "no-trade" clause. The latter two speedbumps to be ironed out.


In recent days, reports of 'unrest' between the Rockies organization and their extremely talented third baseman.


Rockies issuing a statement that they would not be trading Arenado. And, Arenado coming out with a rebuttal of his own 'unhappiness' with the Rockies, feeling "disrespected" by the organization.


TIME HAS COME TO ALLOW ARENADO HIS DUE ~ PLAY IN PEACE


In the past day, Arenado put to rest his firey statement(s) with a "statement to his fans".


"DENVER -- Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado issued a statement to fans on Wednesday night saying his quotes earlier this week were “out of character,” and that he would not speak on his situation with the Rockies anymore."


In a nutshell, Nolan Arenado will concentrate on the upcoming season. To be the effective player he has been for the "Rox". No trade talks to continue by the Rockies organization. And, more importantly, what was is part of the past. I'm presuming not only the Cardinals, but this new light also includes the reported trade interest by the Texas Rangers. In my opinion, now the MLB talking heads may take this off their "Hot Stove" subjec