Nolan Arenado Reacts To Rockies Trade Decision
Nolan Arenado reacted to the Rockies decision not to trade him with anger. Now that he has had some time to digest, he is getting over it.
Despite a ton of speculation regarding him getting moved prior to the MLB season commencing, it is increasingly looking like Arenado will remain in Colorado for the foreseeable future.
As such, the third baseman has decided to play nice with team management – even if he was hoping to be dealt by this point.
According to Stephanie Aptein of Sports Illustrated, Arenado recently sat down with team owner Dick Monfort and talked out his issues.
While Arenado refused to go into specific details on the topics that were broached, he did admit that he and Monfort talked about what direction the franchise was heading in and how he fit into its future plans.
“I have to be optimistic,” Arenado said.
“I’m not gonna be moping around. That doesn’t bring out the best in me or these guys.
“I don’t want to be a bad leader. I don’t want to complain anymore. It would be counterproductive.”
The Rockies went 71-91 in 2019, so if anyone needs to drown out the outside noise and focus on playing quality baseball, it is them.
Arenado is not opposed to trying to make things work with Colorado – presuming everyone is on the same page.
“I want to win,” he said.
“If we win here, that’s why I signed, right? To win here. But if we’re not gonna win, I’d rather play for a winner.
“I don’t care where it is. I’d rather win a World Series than have my number retired.”
Arenado is obviously still passionate about his future, but he is also noticeably calmer than he was this time last month.
At that time, the 28-year-old insisted that he felt “a lot of disrespect” from the organization because they promised to deal him but ultimately did not.
For what it is worth, it does seem as though Colorado genuinely tried to stay true to its word and trade the third baseman. It is just hard to make the numbers work when you moving someone with a $260 million contract.
One way or another, it is difficult to see a scenario where Arenado plays out his deal with the Rockies. Sooner or later, he will get moved. But it is probably better for all involved that he has a good attitude about it until that fateful day comes.