If the Colorado Rockies do end up trading Nolan Arenado, the New York Mets are emerging as a possible destination.
Nolan Arenado has emerged as one of the more curious players in the trade rumor mill this offseason. He had signed a long term extension with the Colorado Rockies before the 2018 campaign, inking a seven year deal worth $260 million. As Arenado was just about to enter his prime, it appeared as though he was not going anywhere.
Instead, Arenado has emerged as a possible trade chip. The third base market, aside from Josh Donaldson, is thin, giving the Rockies a chance to possibly cash in. And, with former top 100 prospect Colton Welker closing in on the majors, a replacement could be forthcoming.
If Arenado is dealt, another possible destination has emerged. Now that the New York Mets have chopped Yoenis Cespedes‘ salary to $6 million, they suddenly have plenty of room in their budget, and a possible opening at third base. For a team looking for more star power and an upgrade in the lineup, Arenado would be the perfect fit.
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Of course, Arenado would be a perfect fit in just about any lineup. He produced another strong season in 2019, with a .315/.379/.583 batting line, hitting 41 homers and 31 doubles. He has already emerged as one of the best defensive third basemen in MLB history, winning the Gold Glove each year he has been in the majors, and taking home three Platinum Gloves.
There are roadblocks to a deal. The Rockies, understandably, would want a hefty return in a trade, likely centering on Jeff McNeil. Arenado also has a full no trade clause, and opt outs after the 2021 and 2023 seasons. The Mets would likely want assurance that neither would be exercised.
Even without those assurances, this may still be the type of gamble that the Mets want to take. The NL East is expected to be a dogfight, with four teams that all feel they can take possession of the title. Donaldson’s decision may actually tilt the division title, making the potential to bring in a player like Arenado all the more important.
It is not a given that the Colorado Rockies trade Nolan Arenado. However, if they do, the New York Mets could end up being a major player in any trade talks.