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LA Dodgers Showing Interest in Nolan Arenado

During 2020, it was obvious that the Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in the MLB. However, they are clearly not content with staying put and going into next season with virtually the same roster.

The Dodgers have reportedly expressed interest in bringing superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado to LA.

Arenado, a five-time All-Star, has been a cornerstone for the Colorado Rockies over the past eight seasons. The 29-year-old is MLB’s premier third baseman, being the perfect blend of a devastating hitter and adept fielder.

Besides the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Arenado has hit at least 37 home runs in five of the last six years. He has also won the Gold Glove Award each season he’s been in the league

(8 seasons).

His eight Gold Gloves already tie him with Scott Rolen for the third most all-time among third baseman.

Before the 2019 season, Arenado signed an eight-year contract extension with the Rockies worth $260 million. He will be under contract through 2027.

However, the contract extension hasn’t dispelled any trade rumors on the market. Rumors were sparked last January when he reportedly said that he wanted out of Colorado. While no move was made, the rumors are once again firing up this offseason.

With these rumors, the Dodgers have risen as the primary suitors.

The franchise has shown a willingness to go out and get superstars to bolster their lineup. Last season, the Dodgers traded for right fielder Mookie Betts, subsequently signing him to a 12-year extension.

This move was a major reason the franchise won their first World Series title since 1988, giving them an added weapon on both sides of the ball.

A move for Arenado this winter would net the Dodgers a similar presence on the field.

Adding Arenado to the Dodgers

Any move involving Arenado will require a large package of Dodgers players. This would likely involve at least Dustin May or Gavin Lux, both of which have been proven as some of the league’s best young players.

Along with them, the team would have to part ways with a few players on their top prospects list. Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, their top prospect, was acquired in the Yasiel Puig trade with the Reds in 2018.

Shortstop Jeter Downs was too, but the Dodgers flipped him in the Betts deal. If history repeats itself, expect a package for Arenado to include Gray.

While this would be a lot to give up for the Dodgers, they would have to be willing to part ways with talented players to land the league’s best third baseman.

With the dependable Justin Turner heading to the free agent market, a spot at the hot corner has opened up for the Dodgers. While Turner is one MLB’s best third baseman, Arenado is on another level. He would bring a perennial 40 home run threat and certified Gold Glove defense to the team.

It all seems like a perfect storm for an Arenado trade.

A League of Their Own

As it stands now, the Dodgers are the league’s World Series favorites. The addition of Arenado would take them to another level.

season, the Dodgers’ offense was ranked at the top of the MLB in home runs, runs and slugging percentage. On top of that, the team’s pitching was first in ERA and WHIP. Adding Arenado would make their team seem even more unstoppable.

For the rest of the league, the Dodgers would clearly be in a league of their own. On paper, there would be few other teams that could matchup with their roster.

Arenado could give this team a modern-day “Murderers’ Row” lineup.

During 2020, it was obvious that the Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in the MLB. However, they are clearly not content with staying put and going into next season with virtually the same roster.

The Dodgers have reportedly expressed interest in bringing superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado to LA.

Arenado, a five-time All-Star, has been a cornerstone for the Colorado Rockies over the past eight seasons. The 29-year-old is MLB’s premier third baseman, being the perfect blend of a devastating hitter and adept fielder.

Besides the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Arenado has hit at least 37 home runs in five of the last six years. He has also won the Gold Glove Award each season he’s been in the league

(8 seasons).

His eight Gold Gloves already tie him with Scott Rolen for the third most all-time among third baseman.

Before the 2019 season, Arenado signed an eight-year contract extension with the Rockies worth $260 million. He will be under contract through 2027.

However, the contract extension hasn’t dispelled any trade rumors on the market. Rumors were sparked last January when he reportedly said that he wanted out of Colorado. While no move was made, the rumors are once again firing up this offseason.

With these rumors, the Dodgers have risen as the primary suitors.

The franchise has shown a willingness to go out and get superstars to bolster their lineup. Last season, the Dodgers traded for right fielder Mookie Betts, subsequently signing him to a 12-year extension.

This move was a major reason the franchise won their first World Series title since 1988, giving them an added weapon on both sides of the ball.

A move for Arenado this winter would net the Dodgers a similar presence on the field.

Adding Arenado to the Dodgers

Any move involving Arenado will require a large package of Dodgers players. This would likely involve at least Dustin May or Gavin Lux, both of which have been proven as some of the league’s best young players.

Along with them, the team would have to part ways with a few players on their top prospects list. Right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray, their top prospect, was acquired in the Yasiel Puig trade with the Reds in 2018.

Shortstop Jeter Downs was too, but the Dodgers flipped him in the Betts deal. If history repeats itself, expect a package for Arenado to include Gray.

While this would be a lot to give up for the Dodgers, they would have to be willing to part ways with talented players to land the league’s best third baseman.

With the dependable Justin Turner heading to the free agent market, a spot at the hot corner has opened up for the Dodgers. While Turner is one MLB’s best third baseman, Arenado is on another level. He would bring a perennial 40 home run threat and certified Gold Glove defense to the team.

It all seems like a perfect storm for an Arenado trade.

A League of Their Own

As it stands now, the Dodgers are the league’s World Series favorites. The addition of Arenado would take them to another level.

Last season, the Dodgers’ offense was ranked at the top of the MLB in home runs, runs and slugging percentage. On top of that, the team’s pitching was first in ERA and WHIP. Adding Arenado would make their team seem even more unstoppable.

For the rest of the league, the Dodgers would clearly be in a league of their own. On paper, there would be few other teams that could matchup with their roster.

Arenado could give this team a modern-day “Murderers’ Row” lineup.

Text Box: Photo by Logan Weaver, UnsplashWhile these are still just rumors, the Dodgers have proven a willingness to go out and make a big move. Expect them to keep looking to add Arenado this offseason.

While these are still just rumors, the Dodgers have proven a willingness to go out and make a big move. Expect them to keep looking to add Arenado this offseason.

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