After Colorado Rockies GM Jeff Bridich announced the ceasing of trade talks surrounding Platinum Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado on Monday, Arenado came out and told the media about his discontent with his situation. In fact, he was quoted as saying, "There is a lot of disrespect [in Colorado]."
Even though Colorado's camp shut down any rumblings of trading their star player, this is going to boil over again very soon, and teams are likely to try and coax the Rox into trading him away. Yes, there are multiple teams that could use a player like him that probably weren't involved in the discussions, before Arenado's camp took the leverage back.
3. Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have a very talented team, but their path to a possible championship is harder than everyone else's. Theirs goes straight through the New York Yankees, the frontrunners to win the World Series this year. This is not to say that the Rays are nowhere near the Yankees, however. In 2019, the Rays were a 96-win team in one of the toughest divisions in baseball, and have a great top three in their pitching staff and a killer outfield. The infield needs work, and by using some assets to go out and get Arenado from the Rockies, the Rays won't have to settle for Yandy Diaz at third. Diaz is a good player, but Arenado is next level. Next level is what the Rays need if they want to get over the hump and be considered a World Series contender.
2. Atlanta Braves
After putting up a 97-win season in 2019, the Atlanta Braves still lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. Having lost out on bringing back resurging Josh Donaldson, all the Braves have really done this offseason was sign Travis d'Arnaud, Cole Hamels, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Felix Hernandez on a flyer. They can make a big splash here and fill their largest gap by trading for Nolan Arenado. It would be both an offensive and defensive upgrade at the hot corner, and after missing the NLCS by one game, the one extra piece might be all they need.
1. Washington Nationals
Yes, the Washington Nationals are coming off a World Series win, but there isn't much that they've done to make themselves a better team. They re-signed Stephen Strasburg through 2026, but they lost 2019 NL MVP finalist Anthony Rendon. The current starting third baseman on the Nationals depth chart, Asdrubal Cabrera, is a good player, but Arenado is at another level. Pulling off a trade for Arenado might put the Nationals as the favorites in the National League in 2020. The left side of the infield in Washington with Arenado and Trea Turner would possibly be the best left side in baseball. A pitching staff led by Strasburg and Max Scherzer and a lineup with Arenado, Turner, Juan Soto, and Adam Eaton is nothing to scoff at.