Cardinals, Rockies Agree to Blockbuster Nolan Arenado Trade

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) in September. Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9883126b)

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a blockbuster trade with the Colorado Rockies in which they will acquire superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado, a 5-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove Award winner.

The Rockies have committed to a rebuild and thus made the decision to shop their biggest star this offseason. They found a proper suitor in St. Louis, who will now take on the California native’s hefty contract with six years remaining.

Colorado will send $50 million along with Arenado to the Cardinals to help cover the cost of his massive contract, and St. Louis will send a package of prospects that have yet to be revealed in return.

Despite a down year in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, Arenado has built a reputation as one of the game’s most reliable players thanks to his power production and stellar defense at the hot corner.

He hit only .253 with 8 home runs in 2020, but finished each season from 2015 to 2019 with a .280 batting average or higher and at least 37 home runs.

The deal has yet to be officially announced by the two teams, but expect the news to break from the teams early this week.