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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Nolan Arenado feels “disrespected” as Rockies GM Jeff Bridich nixes trade talks

On the same day Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich put the brakes on the Nolan Arenado trade rumors, the all-star third baseman broke his silence Monday saying he felt “disrespected.”

Bridich made it clear that Arenado will be with the Rockies when they open spring training next month in Scottsdale, Ariz. He also made it clear that, at least for now, trade talks are off the table.

“With the season coming up and spring training on the horizon, we are going to start focusing on that,” Bridich said. “We have listened to teams regarding Nolan and really nothing has come of it. We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected — with Nolan in the purple and black and as our third baseman.

“So we can put this to bed and collectively look forward to the upcoming season and work toward that.”

Well, the coming season should be fun for the good folk of Denver…...

 

QLE Posted: January 21, 2020 at 12:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: feud, jeff bridich, nolan arenado, rockies

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Does Josh Donaldson’s Signing Move Us Closer to a Blockbuster Trade?

The Twins reportedly signed third baseman Josh Donaldson on Tuesday night, adding a premier offensive player and former MVP to an already-potent lineup. Sure, it’s questionable to give four years and around $100 million to a 34-year-old with injury concerns, but there’s little doubt the impact Donaldson can make for a contending team.

That’s why so many teams in need of a third baseman or a middle-of-the-order bat—such as the Braves, Nationals, Rangers and, to a lesser extent, the Dodgers—were supposedly in the running to sign him. Now, each of those teams have to look elsewhere, which very likely means the trade market. Might we be on the brink of a blockbuster? Let’s canvas the marquee names thought to be available.

A discussion of three players’ trade potential- unfortunately, not for each other…..

QLE Posted: January 16, 2020 at 12:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, kris bryant, nolan arenado, trade rumors

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Kiszla: With trade of Nolan Arenado feeling inevitable, are Rockies also messing up beautiful thing

The only people the Colorado Rockies take for granted more than their players are all you fans.

What’s the definition of heaping insult on top of injury to loyal customers?

At a time when our lovable losers in LoDo are threatening to push future Hall of Famer Nolan Arenado out the door, the Rockies are also quibbling over $750,000 with shortstop Trevor Story in arbitration.

Instead of heading to spring training with high hopes, your local baseball team will be packing headaches for the trip to Arizona.

 

QLE Posted: January 12, 2020 at 01:12 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies, trevor story

Friday, January 03, 2020

Morosi: 50/50 Chance Of Nolan Arenado Trade

With the market showing a big appetite for star third basemen, the Rockies now appear to be increasingly likely to strike a trade involving Nolan Arenado. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports on Twitter that there’s now “roughly a 50/50 chance” of a deal coming together with one of the six teams to have expressed interest.

Oddsmaking of this sort is inherently ambiguous and non-verifiable, so skepticism is well warranted. And we heard just days ago that the Colorado organization hasn’t been especially aggressive in hammering out scenarios involving its biggest star. But if Morosi’s sources have an accurate read on the thinking of the Rockies’ leadership, then it’s at least now highly plausible that a swap could emerge. And that’d represent a notable development given the highly speculative nature of Arenado’s trade availability to this point. GM Jeff Bridich has previously made clear the team is open to considering proposals, but it has never seemed particularly likely that Arenado would be moved.

Notably, Arenado has full no-trade rights. But he has expressed a desire to win and may be willing to facilitate a deal if it means finding a better chance elsewhere. The Rox have decided against further payroll expansion and look to be in a bit of a bind when it comes to finding much-needed roster upgrades.

Even if that’s not a major complication, interested teams will be wary of giving up too much in trade capital for a contract that includes a post-2021 opt-out provision. It’d be one thing if Arenado was simply a high-cost player with two years of control, as is the case for Kris Bryant of the Cubs (another potential trade candidate, at least once his service-time grievance is wrapped up). But what’s worrisome in the Arenado deal is the combination of the threat of losing the player, in the event he performs well enough to opt out, with the fear of what it would mean if he doesn’t.

QLE Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, trade rumors

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Fantasy Baseball All-Decade Team: Mike Trout, Justin Verlander, and the rest of the 2010s studs

The 2010s was a challenging decade for fantasy baseball managers, with pitchers and hitters each enjoying separate phases of league-wide dominance. As the league-wide plan shifted to drawing walks, increasing launch angles and avoiding risks on the basepaths, wise managers also shifted their priorities. With the decade coming to a close, let’s take a look at a team of players who dominated the fantasy landscape.

I will freely admit that I am not involved in fantasy baseball, and that the way they appraise players may not match my own- but does this list seem odd to anyone else in certain regards?

 


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Chapman, Arenado repeat as Platinum Glovers

NEW YORK—At the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ceremony on Friday night, some of the best and brightest stars of Major League Baseball lit up Manhattan.

None shined more brightly than the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Athletics’ Matt Chapman. The pair, whose journey from teammates at shortstop at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., to two of the premier third basemen in the Major Leagues is well-known by now, repeated as Platinum Glove Award winners.

While the Gold Glove Awards honor the best fielder at each position, since 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards pit all 18 Gold Glovers against each other to determine the best defensive player in each league. The award is decided by a combination of fan votes and the Society for American Baseball Research’s defensive index, which considers a fielder’s range, his arm and his sure-handedness, along with his outstanding plays, using metrics such as reaction time, the amount of ground covered and the velocity of throws.

For the duo at the hot corner, it was a special moment made all the more poignant by the man who made the official announcement. In a moment orchestrated by Karl Ravech and Eduardo Pérez of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, who were set to present the awards but whose envelopes didn’t have the winners’ names in them, Mike Gonzales—Chapman and Arenado’s high school coach at El Toro—made a surprise appearance on stage and did the honors himself.

So, would we agree with the suggestion that Arenado and Chapman are the best defensive players in their leagues, and, if not, who would we nominate instead?

 

QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, matt chapman, nolan arenado

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Why did Jeff Bridich give Nolan Arenado an opt-out clause?:The Athletic (paywall):Groke

It was assumed that the opt-out clause was the price of doing business, a stipulation that Arenado demanded in order to make him comfortable, an extra bait to lure him into signing before free agency.

Turns out, the idea was Bridich’s — not Arenado’s.

“In those negotiations, I was the one who actually pushed for that opt-out,” Bridich said this month. “To Nolan’s credit, he didn’t have a ton of interest in that initially being in there. It wasn’t a priority of his for it to be in there. I was the one who thought it might be a good idea.”

“...Just trying to learn lessons from years and years and years, and contracts over contracts over contracts, not just in this organization, but in the industry,” Bridich said. “Let’s just put in a time where we come together and say, ‘OK, is this right to stay together?’ Seems pretty reasonable and realistic when there’s one career on the line and a lot of money on the line. And really behind all that commitment, can we share a vision going forward?”

puck Posted: October 20, 2019 at 06:01 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brain surgery, nolan arenado, rockies, wtf

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Quit slamming superstars for their teams’ failures

Fans have long loved to criticize players who sign big contracts. The media has long encouraged and aided this effort to greater or lesser degrees. Players who rake in the big bucks have long had a target on their back and probably always will.

Which is not totally unfair, of course. They’re supposed to be good. They’re supposed to help the team win. That, as the old saying goes, is why they’re paid the big bucks.

But there are limits to that right? A baseball team has 25 guys on it, not just one, and any one baseball player has way less power to carry one’s team to victory himself than, say, the quarterback of a football team or any single basketball player, each of which can make a huge difference. As such, while it’s fair to hold star players to a higher standard, it’s less fair to blame them when their teams fare poorly through no fault of their own.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, mike trout, nolan arenado, superstars

 

 

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