Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Arenado trade talks off the table — Rockies GM

Arenado trade talks off the table — Rockies GM

"There's a lot of disrespect from people there that I don't want to be a part of".

Perhaps anxious by a freeze that had taken over Major League Baseball free agency, Nolan Arenado bypassed the opportunity to reach the open market by signing an eight-year, $260 million contract extension last February.

It took all of a few hours for the Rockies' declaration that Nolan Arenado wouldn't be traded to completely implode. Now? Passan added that Arenado feels "betrayed" given the Rockies' lack of activity this offseason.

Arenado wouldn't expand on why he feels so disrespected, so we don't know if the current state of the team is a contributing factor.

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Arenado later clarified that his angry comments weren't about the trade rumors. He is tied to the team through the 2026 season, although the contract includes a player opt-out after the 2021 season, as well as a no-trade clause. He singled out Rockies GM Jeff Bridich to TV station KMGH, saying: "Jeff is very disrespectful".

Arenado was responding to a quote from Bridich, who on Monday discussed with the Denver Post the Arenado trade rumors that have been flying around. "But I can only get crossed so many times".

It has the potential to be a deeply ugly situation for Arenado and the Rockies, and maybe it changes the team's calculus on a trade. Because of the contract, the Rockies can not expect to get much in a trade for Arenado without eating a ton of the deal *AND* working around the opt-out *AND* getting Arenado to forgo his no-trade clause. It stands to reason Arenado would have interest in joining the majority of those teams, but one of them (or another club) will first have to entice the Rockies to give up the "disrespected" face of their franchise. At the end of the year Arenado implied the Rockies were in the mist of a rebuild.

Here's hoping that not only does that not happen, but that if the Rockies are forced to move Arenado, he's interested in the Cubs and they explore ways they could make it work before it's too late.

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