Rockies have traded Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies. This is a blockbuster trade that is still awaiting Major League Baseball approval due to the amount of money that Colorado is sending the Cardinals. That amount of money is said to be in the $50 million range. Arenado has also agreed to defer part of his salary in this deal. There is no word yet on what the Rockies will receive in return other than salary relief. Arenado was due to make $199 million over the next six years.
This trade had been rumored for several days but is now complete. One of the holdups was that Arenado could opt-out of his contract after the 2021 season. However, this seems unlikely as he will be 30 years old on April 16, and salaries have taken a nosedive since the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the shortened 2020 season, Arenado was extremely disappointing with a career-low .253 batting average and .737 OPS. Arenado only had eight HRs and 26 RBIs in 48 games. He will look to rebound now that he has been dealt to a contender. Arenado is known as one of the best defensive third basemen in the game.
The Cardinals have improved dramatically with this deal and are currently +3500 to win the World Series, +2000 to win the National League, and +230 to win the National League Central.