​​Nolan Arenado is set to be the crown jewel of ​next year's free agent market, but the Rockies hope he never gets there.

Arenado requested what would've been a record $30 million from the Rockies for his services in 2019, but Colorado countered at $24 million. Either way, that's an absurd number, but Arenado is holding out for a solid middle ground. The star third baseman is likely to set a single-season arbitration record when his case is settle.

The Rockies hope to sign Arenado to a long-term contract before free agency as to avoid the risk of losing the face of their franchise. Coming off making the playoffs in 2018, dealing with the Arenado drama would be an unwelcome distraction in Denver this coming season.

Arenado has made the All-Star team in each of the past four seasons, hitting over 37 home runs and recording over 110 RBIs every year since 2015. And not to mention, he's one of the best fielding third-basemen in baseball, winning a gold glove award in each of his six seasons in the big leagues.