A monkey wrench has just been thrown into the third-base market this offseason.
The Rockies are willing to listen on anyone in trade talks, including star third baseman Nolan Arenado, per Jon Heyman.
Rockies are willing to listen to trade inquiries on superstar 3B Nolan Arenado (and anyone else); they’ve gotten many calls on him since trade deadline. Would shake up monster 3B market (Rendon, Donaldson, Bryant) but no one sees as likely yet. Has full no-trade so up to him.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019
The new year brings about new information, though, and it appears as though the market for Arenado could be bigger than we know. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Jan. 2 that the odds stand at 50/50 that Arenado will be dealt.
Sources: Nolan Arenado has roughly a 50/50 chance of being traded, with a half-dozen teams having checked in, as I just reported on @MLBNetwork. The #Dodgers are *not* the most likely destination, as #Rockies prefer not to trade Arenado in the division. @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 2, 2020
Arenado finished the 2019 season with a .315 average and 41 home runs across 155 games. Largely durable, Arenado has played in at least 155 games in each of his past five seasons. He also has five top-10 finishes in the NL MVP voting over that span, with three top-five finishes.
Arenado signed a monster extension with the Rockies before the 2019 season for eight years and $260 million. The deal pays him $35 million per season between 2020 and 2024, and finishes with $32 million in 2025 and $27 million in 2026, which is his age 35 season. The deal also includes an opt out after his age 31 season in 2021.
Arenado is arguably the best two-way player in baseball, having been worth 38.7 bWAR over the first seven seasons of his career with 118 defensive runs saved over that span. His last sub-five-win season came in 2012, his second year in the majors. He also has 227 career home runs.
Should he hit the market, Arenado would have to waive his no-trade clause.
If Arenado is indeed available, he's the latest name to add to the third-base market this offseason, which features free agents Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rendon, along with Kris Bryant, who is rumored to be available via trade.