Earlier this month, the Colorado Rockies completed their trade sending franchise icon Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals in what amounts to an income dump. Colorado received five gamers, none of them foundation types, but they did discharge around $150 million in future salary responsibility That is not the way it was supposed to end for Arenado and the Rockies.
” It was Nolan’s option. He wished to move on. He simply felt it was time for him to attempt something else out,” Rockies chairman Dick Monfort informed press reporters following the trade. “… We honored what Nolan wished to do and we made what we believed was the very best thing we could do at the time.”
Arenado, who signed an eight-year extension worth $260 million in February 2019, had actually grown annoyed with the team’s efforts (or do not have thereof) to build a competitor around him. They signed one (1) major-league totally free representative throughout the 2019-20 offseason (Jose Mujica, who permitted seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in 2020) and opened the 2020-21 offseason by telling fans they were going to cut payroll.
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GM Jeff Bridich basically pushed away Arenado, and as soon as that took place, the writing was on the wall.
Without question, there are other players around baseball who would like to be traded.
With that in mind, here are 4 gamers who would not be incorrect to require a trade a la Arenado.
Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar is no stranger to the trade rumor circuit. The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up has actually been pointed out as a trade candidate considering that his days as a possibility, yet the Yankees have held on to him. Now Andujar is a gamer without a position and without a defined role.
The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler had the story last September:
” For him not to be playing Major League Baseball video games at this phase of the year, especially after he’s just demonstrated that he’s still physically capable of offering a higher level greater than typical production, it’s incredibly discouraging to not be suiting up every night in New York,” (agent Ulises) Cabrera stated.
” I think any person who’s involved in the service of baseball comprehends that there’s a big charade that has actually continued to be played when it comes to controlling assets, meaning players that are young, and efficient,” Cabrera stated.
Andujar is young enough and talented enough (and under control long enough) that more than a few teams around baseball would have trade interest, particularly if they might get him for cents on the dollar.
If Andujar were to ask for a trade, the Yankees would be under no responsibility to trade him, but clearly a move to a brand-new company would be the best thing for him.
How are things going in Cleveland post-Francisco Lindor? Well, group president Chris Antonetti is currently recycling the old “we anticipate him to be with us on Opening Day” line with Jose Ramirez, except he’s mixing up the positions.
Not terrific! For what it’s worth, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports Cleveland is not thinking about trading Ramirez, which makes sense. Why would you to trade an MVP-caliber performer signed to an economical long-term agreement? Ramirez turned only 28 in September and he’s owed $33 million through 2023, assuming his 2 club alternatives are picked up. He’s crazy important.
The thing is, if you’re Ramirez, why would you want to stay with Cleveland?
Cleveland has such excellent pitching and simply enough offense that FanGraphs projections have the group within striking range of an AL wild card area.
History recommends Cleveland will trade Ramirez at some point.
3. Trevor Story, Rockies
The Rockies had the seventh-worst winning percentage in baseball from 2019-20 and they didn’t figure to be any excellent in 2021 even with Arenado. Without him, forget it. It’s unsightly. FanGraphs forecasts have them as a bottom-two group at every position other than right field (Charlie Blackmon), shortstop (Trevor Story), and the rotation (sixth worst). Yikes.
Story is a star. He turned just 28 in November, and he’s set up a.292/.355/.554 batting line while playing in 361 of 384 possible games considering that2018 Adjusted for the absolutely no gravity of Coors Field, and he’s still been 22 percent much better than the league average at the plate those three years. Story is sly excellent defensively. His plus-45 protective runs saved since 2016 are 3rd most amongst all shortstops, tracking only Andrelton Simmons (plus-93) and Nick Ahmed (plus-71).
Here’s the issue for the Rockies: Story is a year far from complimentary agency and why on the planet would he wish to sign a long-term extension after having a front row seat for the Arenado mess? Sure, put $300 million in front of him and he might alter his mind. Missing that, it’s tough to think Story aspires to sign with Colorado long-term. Leaving the dysfunction and playing for a contender figure to be his top priorities as a totally free representative.
And, truth be informed, Story requesting a trade would be beneficial for him and the Rockies. He’s the only player in this post who would help his group by asking for a trade. The Rockies are reportedly unwilling to talk about Story in trades …
… even though they should. They’re going to be bad with or without him in 2021, and you do not want to lose him for absolutely nothing (absolutely nothing but a dinky compensation draft pick, I must say) as a free agent next offseason. As painful as it may be, the Rockies need to be wanting to trade Story for a bushel of prospects today. They currently pulled the Arenado band-aid off? Why stop there?
Almost all the clubs that required a shortstop this offseason have currently included a shortstop, though Story is so good that I reckon more than a few groups would gladly bring him aboard and determine how the pieces fit later. The Reds terribly need a shortstop. Contenders or postseason bubble teams like the Athletics, Blue Jays, Makers, Giants, and Marlins might all include Story. Trading him now would be the very best thing for Story and the Rockies.
4. Mike Trout, Angels
The mom of all “I ‘d comprehend if he requested a trade” gamers.
Bundy worked at extremely well!
Comparable to Arenado, Trout made his bed by signing long-term with the Angels.
” The greatest thing is getting to the playoffs.
Trout turns 30 in August and opportunities are we are more detailed to the end of his reign as the finest player in baseball than the start, and that should terrify the heck out of the Angels.
If Trout ever voiced his annoyance with the Angels and basically forced a trade, the Angels would have shockingly little take advantage of in talks.
Point is, the Angels have actually not been to the postseason in seven years and have not had a winning record in six years, and their offseason to date has been decidedly meh. Maybe MLB ought to make the trade request on Trout’s behalf, for the good of the game.