Atlanta Braves are a great match for a Nolan Arenado deal

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 28: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies plays with Blooper before the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 28: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies plays with Blooper before the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on April 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /
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The Atlanta Braves have inquired about Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado, so here is why it is a great match in a trade.

The Atlanta Braves might not bring back Josh Donaldson if they don’t stretch to a four-year deal, so they will need a backup plan. And Nolan Arenado is a pretty darn good one if you ask me.

Arenado has won seven straight gold gloves and he has continued to be one of the best third basemen in the game. But that hasn’t stopped the Colorado Rockies from listening to offers for him.

He signed an eight year extension during Spring Training last season, so if a team were to acquire him they would have him for seven more years–if he doesn’t use the opt-out after two seasons.

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Jon Morosi reported that the Braves have inquired about Arenado and that the Rockies believe that the Braves do have the prospects needed to complete a trade. And that is why these two clubs match up so well.

The Rockies took a step back last season after making the postseason two seasons in a row, which may have come as a surprise to some. So, the Rockies could want to get Arenado’s big contract off the books so that they can start to reconfigure the roster.

Arenado will be paid $234 million for the remainder of the deal, but that opt-out after the 2021 season could scare teams away. But I think that the Braves have so many prospects that they would be willing to send some of their more talented players away in exchange for two years of one of the best third basemen in the game.

Here is what the lineup could look like with Arenado:

CF Ronald Acuna Jr.

2B Ozzie Albies

1B Freddie Freeman

3B Nolan Arenado

RF Nick Markakis

LF Adam Duvall

C   Travis d’Arnaud

SS Dansby Swanson

P   Mike Soroka

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The Atlanta Braves are coming off a National League East title, and they are very close to being able to get past the Divisional Round. With Arenado, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to propel them farther than they have ever gone since 1995 when they were World Series champions over the Clevland Indians.