The latest New York Mets rumors are circulating around third baseman Nolan Arenado after a recent report indicated the Colorado Rockies want to engage in trade discussions.
On Wednesday morning New York Mets rumors associated with another superstar player began churning across MLB Network courtesy of MLB Insider Jon Morosi. While Morosi was discussing the potential of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado being dealt this offseason, he mentioned the Mets as one of the top potential teams that the Rockies would like to discuss a trade with this winter.
“The team that I am watching very carefully, that I was told even this week is the team the Rockies want to engage with, is the New York Mets,” Morosi disclosed on MLB Network’s Hot Stove program. Morosi also noted that the Rockies don’t want to make an intradivision trade with Los Angeles Dodgers, who many have thought would be a realistic landing spot due to the Dodgers’ ability to absorb Arenado’s contract as well as the quality of prospects they can give up from their deep farm system.
While Morosi was simply reporting what he has heard around the league, this Mets rumor now provides a hungry fanbase with another star possibility that could be on the Opening Day roster in 2021.
Morosi theorized a couple of names that could potentially make this deal work. Brandon Nimmo and a prospect could possibly fetch the Mets the 29-year old five-time All-Star third baseman, and interestingly enough, Morosi also mentioned Robinson Cano as a possibility in the deal to help offset some of Arenado’s massive contract that is still owed to him.
While unloading Cano in an Arenado deal sounds intoxicating for Mets fans, it’s also important to remember that Cano currently carries a full no-trade clause and there is no guarantee he accepts a deal to Colorado. Yet, it’s still interesting to see what the potential framework could be in regards to this Mets rumor.
Arenado still carries six years and $199 million on his current contract that he signed with the Rockies prior to the 2019 campaign. It’s also important to remember that Arenado has the ability to opt-out of that contract at the end of the 2021 season, which also could play a role in the Mets’ potential interest in a trade with the Rockies and the amount they give up. According to Morosi the ultimate goal for the Rockies is to have the ability to re-sign shortstop Trevor Story who is a free agent after the 2021 season, and unloading Arenado’s contract would make that a possibility.
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It remains to be seen how the organization plans to navigate the trade market this offseason, as it seems the front office is currently focused on acquiring the services of outfielder George Springer and starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. However, this is certainly a situation worth monitoring as both the Rockies and Cleveland Indians have made it known that they want the Mets involved in the bidding for their superstar players this winter. We’ll resume monitoring the Mets rumors as they continue to billow from the hot stove.