Cardinals, Rockies talking trade for Nolan Arenado

Cardinals, Rockies talking trade for Nolan Arenado initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The NL Central has actually been the quietest of all departments this offseason, with most groups taking actions back on paper, however the Cardinals might shake things up drastically.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported late Thursday St. Louis remains in talks with the Rockies to get super star 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado.

Rosenthal includes no offer appears close and points out one source that warned a trade might not occur. Nevertheless, he likewise points out other sources who state the Rockies are encouraged to trade Arenado and the Cardinals are encouraged to get him.

The Rockies likewise appeared to be encouraged to move Arenado last winter season, when the Cubs were connected to him.

St. Louis and Colorado have actually talked on a number of events about Arenado, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nevertheless, Goold includes the 29-year-old’s big income and agreement opt-out after the coming season have actually been snags in talks.

Arenado is under contract through 2026 for $199 million.

If St. Louis is able to pull off a trade for Arenado, it would swing a wide-open NL Central division and put them in the driver’s seat. One of their biggest needs in recent seasons has been a middle-of-the-order bat, certainly after Marcell Ozuna left for the Braves in free agency last winter season.

Arenado is a career .293/.349/.541 hitter with 37+ home runs each season from 2015-19. He’s a five-time All-Star and an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner.

Team president Jed Hoyer has actually maintained throughout this winter the Cubs intention to compete for the department in 2021, even as they retool. But a Cardinals trade for Arenado would change things real fast.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.