2019 was a rough year for Colorado, who took significant steps back from their 2018 campaign. It is a known fact that Nolan was frustrated on how the year played out, but still the reports that came out late Wednesday took the baseball world by surprise.
Nolan Arenado enters his name into a stacked third base market, the favorite to land him being the Dodgers but they were also the favorite for Rendon and look how that went. There are several teams that are in dire need of third baseman such as Texas and the Braves which could make him moving a real possibility. Here are a few scenarios of where I think Nolan could land.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
Lets get this out of the way. They have their names involved with every big free agent and trade target, but to this point have come up with nada. I still give them the best chance to get Nolan due to the great package they can create using prospects like Dustin May and Keibert Ruiz. They also have major league young talent available like Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo. Its not a matter of, if they can trade for him. Its a matter of if Friendman steps up and makes a big boy move to get LA out of limbo.
The New York Mets
Just hear me out. I know this is unlikely but the Mets have the ability here to get a blockbuster deal done. Syndergaard is their second best pitcher but now the Mets have 6 starters, so if they can flip him for a player like Arenado why not. I understand some people would want to crucify me for this considering the two starters they picked up weren’t exactly elite to say the least, but it would be an interesting move. The Mets improve defensively and get a staple in their lineup for the next half decade. They would also likely need to trade Dom Smith and top prospect Giminez.
The Washington Nationals
The World Series champs are looking for a replacement at third base, and who better than arguably the best third baseman of the 2010’s. By acquiring Nolan the Nats would have a solid chance at returning to the playoffs, in an improving NL East division. To get him they would have to most certainly trade top prospect Carter Kieboom(#22 in baseball), and try to muster a package of MLB ready talent and other prospects.
I think Colorado winds up keeping him, but who knows… the stoves hot.
Published by Fran Cava