Giving Nolan Arenado a one-way ticket from Denver to New York would be beneficial for all parties involved in the hypothetical blockbuster deal.
As a baseball fan, Arenado is one of my favorite players to talk about. I’m fascinated by his top-tiered offensive talent combined with his reputation as arguably the best defensive third baseman in Major League Baseball. It’s at the point where some of my friends poke fun at me every time his name comes up, because I’ve been raving about the guy non-stop for roughly three years now. I even wrote a piece last month about why Arenado deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Bryce Harper.
Perhaps the main reason I can’t stop talking about Arenado is because he’s a superstar talent who’s lacking well-deserved superstar status, and that’s something that irks me. Of course, that’s a price one has to pay when playing for the small-market, consistently sub-.500 Colorado Rockies. But after keeping quiet throughout his first three losing seasons in the Mile High City, the 25-year-old’s frustration finally is starting to show in 2016.
Last week during a game against the Padres, Arenado exploded in the dugout after Matt Kemp blasted a Chad Rusin fastball into the stands for a three-run homer.
The reason for his frustration is simple. He’s sick of losing.
“I can’t repeat a lot of (what I said),” Arenado said after the game about his tirade, via the Denver Post. “I was just frustrated, losing gets kind of old, and I’m frustrated with myself.
“I wasn’t yelling at (Nick) Hundley, I was just yelling in general. The frustration just got the best of me. If I was going to do that, I probably should have done it in the tunnel. The boys know I love them. It was just frustration building up and the losing is getting old.”
That doesn’t sound like someone willing to commit long-term to a team that can’t contend, and at this point it’s clear the Rockies won’t start winning until they acquire quality starting pitching. Until then, it doesn’t matter who they have in their lineup. Just ask guys like Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday, Larry Walker, and Todd Helton. The organization’s 2007 and 2009 seasons are exceptions, but other than those two years the franchise has been so far off the radar.
Unfortunately for Colorado, they might not be able to land the ace they need unless they part ways with a star of their own like Arenado. Plenty of arguments can be made for keeping Arenado and building the franchise around him, but in my mind moving him for a star pitcher or multiple quality arms makes the most sense. More specifically, I believe the New York Mets are a match made in heaven if a deal were to be made.
Why Would It Make Sense For Nolan Arenado?
If I’m Nolan Arenado, I don’t want this trade to happen, I NEED it to happen.
Arenado would pick up wherever Mets captain David Wright- who yet again was placed on the disabled list- leaves off. Moving to New York would give him a chance to play on a much larger stage than he currently plays on in Denver, and taking over for Wright at third base would allow him to follow in the captain’s footsteps as a leader. He’d be playing for a contender and enjoy hitting in the middle of the lineup alongside Yoenis Cespedes. Plus, Arenado would no longer have to face that Mets pitching staff he’s raved about in the past.
Having Arenado in the National League East would make the Nationals-Mets rivalry even more competitive. Arenado vs. Harper would be must-watch material, and two of the best players in the league clashing on a regular basis would do wonders for Arenado’s superstar status and the sport as a whole.
Why Would It Make Sense For the Mets?
Considering the plethora of pitching talent the Mets have, I can’t help but feel like they’d deal one or two of their talented arms for Arenado in a heartbeat. It goes without saying, but he’d be an astounding improvement to the lineup and create the aforementioned combo of him and Cespedes. That’d be one of the most lethal power duos in the league.
Obviously, the difficult part would be choosing which prized pitcher to part ways with. It’d take an overwhelming offer for Colorado to even think about sending Arenado packing, which leads me to believe someone like Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, or Jacob deGrom would have to be involved. Regardless, for a guy of Arenado’s caliber, I just think the Mets front office would be forced to pull the trigger.
Maybe they could avoid parting with any of those three guys and figure out a deal involving Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler instead. However, if I’m the Rockies GM I probably wouldn’t listen unless one of the big names are on the table. If I’m trading Arenado, I need to know for a fact I’m getting an ace-caliber starter in return.
Why Would It Make Sense For the Rockies?
This is the toughest argument to make considering Arenado is a once-in-a-generation talent at third base and the obvious face of the Rockies franchise, but Colorado needs pitching in the worst way. So far this season, Tyler Chatwood is the only guy in the rotation that has given the Rockies’ staff any sort of stability. After Chatwood, things get really messy.
The Rockies certainly would lose a major contributor to their lineup- which is currently fifth in MLB in runs scored- but they have other guys who swing the bat well, and hitting should be the very least of their concerns. It’s time for Colorado to acquire one or two arms they can count on to shut opposing lineups down every fifth day, because their model of combining a stacked lineup with a laughable pitching staff clearly isn’t working.
Parting with Arenado could come back to bite them- there’s no denying that possibility- but that’s the kind of risk a front office needs to take when the current philosophy has been failing for so long.