Rockies trade Nolan Arenado to Cardinals

Tanya Simon
February 2, 2021

Similarly, because Arenado is expected to defer money and amend his contract, the MLB Players Association must sign off on it. The deal includes an opt-out clause after the '21 season.

Arenado, an eight-time Gold Glove victor, signed a $260 million, eight-year deal with Colorado at February 2019 and will be now owed $199 million to the six remaining seasons.

The Cardinals finished second in the NL Central last season and lost a first-round playoff matchup against the San Diego Padres.

Arenado, an eight-time Gold Glove victor, has expressed his displeasure with the Rockies' ability to compete.

The Rockies will apparently send $50 million dollars in the deal to St. Louis as Arenado still has six years, $166 million left on his current deal.

The team nearly immediately struggled, frustrating Arenado and carving the path for a deal to St. Louis, which tried to trade for him before the 2020 season and finally succeeded a year later.

Wainwright is returning for his 17th season with St. Louis, matching Bob Gibson (1959-75) for the second-most seasons with the Cardinals among pitchers, one behind Jesse Haines (1920-37).

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Many thought the Francisco Lindor deal to the New York Mets would be the largest blockbuster deal of the offseason, but the Cardinals and Rockies said hold their beer. The trade agreement was first reported by The Athletic.

This is all assuming Arenado would waive his no-trade clause, which seems more likely than not.

He has 235 career homers and has hit.293 for his career with an OPS of.890.

Arenado is a five-time All-Star who's won a Gold Glove in all eight of his MLB seasons, plus four Platinum Gloves (given to the best overall defender in the American and National Leagues) and four Silver Sluggers for offense among third basemen.

Arenado's contract called for salaries of $35 million annually from 2021-24, $32 million in 2025 and $27 million in 2026. The trade would extricate Arenado.

Arenado has voiced his frustration with the Rockies' lack of progress, specifically that of general manager Jeff Bridich and owner Dick Monfort, in building a contending team around him.

Arenado won't be. And if Colorado can't come to an extension deal with its All-Star shortstop, Story could be on the move at some point this season, too, with the Rockies not wanting to potentially lose him via free agency in the winter of 2021-22.

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