White Sox Reporter Suggests Yoan Moncada or Luis Robert Could Be Key Pieces of Nolan Arenado Trade

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Nolan Arenado is one of the best two-way players in baseball, and his time in Colorado could soon be coming to an end, despite having just recently inked a mega-extension with the team.

Trade rumors have been circulating regarding the star third baseman, and now one White Sox insider has floated a possible scenario which would see the slugger head to the South Side.

Phil Rogers of Forbes suggested the White Sox could offload star prospect Luis Robert or budding second baseman Yoan Moncada in a deal for Arenado this offseason.

Jon Morosi previously reported that there was a "50/50 chance" of Arenado being dealt by the Rockies during offseason, and Rogers becomes one of the first to note the White Sox as a logical landing spot. After all, the team is ready to win now after a boffo offseason.

Rogers chimed in claiming that Robert and Moncada would draw the most interest from the Rockies brass, though the White Sox may not be inclined to deal their emerging stars, especially given the opt-out in Arenado's contract after the 2021 season.

Robert ranks as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, after a monster 2019 season in the minors during which he slashed .328/.376/.624 with 32 homers and 92 RBI across three levels, reaching Triple-A by the year's end.

As for Moncada, he was formerly baseball's top prospect, but struggled upon reaching the majors. He found his stroke at the plate last season, slashing .315/.367/.548 with 25 homers and 79 RBI during a breakout campaign.

Both Robert and Moncada look to be cornerstones of the White Sox' future, and it seems unlikely at this point that the team would be willing to move one of them in order to land Arenado, but it's certainly something to monitor as the offseason drags on. If anything, Arenado could bring established greatness to a position where Moncada has provided only flashes thus far.