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.
There is a strong sense that Nolan Arenado will not go to an arbitration trial with the Colorado Rockies, league sources tell ESPN. Arenado requested $30 million. The Rockies offered $24 million. Wherever he does settle -- and it's very likely -- it'll be a single-season record.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
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.
While teams have adopted so-called file-and-trial postures, Arenado's case illustrates that deals can still be made after the exchange date. Two sources, one from the players' side and another from the clubs', predicted there will be only 10 or so arbitration hearings this year.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
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.