The Colorado Rockies inked Nolan Arenado to a mega deal last offseason, but just one year in there are inklings that the team is getting cold feet. The Rockies superstar is under contract through 2026, earning a total of $260 million across eight seasons. However, he can opt out of the deal after the 2021 season and has a complete no-trade clause.
Well, one team that has not been shy about their desire to land another superstar slugger in the offseason is the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they may come calling to their division rival Rockies in hopes of bartering a deal for Arenado.
Should the Rockies be willing to listen, what would an Arenado deal look like?
In order to land a player of his caliber, the Dodgers would certainly need to part ways with some of their top prospects. The Rockies would likely demand one of Dustin May or Josiah Gray, both of whom are Top-100 pitching prospects, alongside infield prospect Jeter Downs or catcher Keibert Ruiz, who rank as the No. 5 and No. 3 prospects in LA's farm, respectively.
The price is always going to be steep for one of the game's brightest third basemen, both offensively and defensively, and the Dodgers have the means to pull off a deal.
Another name to monitor in these talks would be AJ Pollock, who signed a $60 million deal with the Dodgers last offseason. If the Rockies are willing to trade for him and absorb his contract in the deal, LA may be more willing to part with its prized young assets.
Although the opt out in Arenado's deal could potentially diminish his value, there's hardly a team in baseball more equipped to take on his gargantuan contract than the Dodgers.
Justin Turner expressed willingness to move positions in order for the Dodgers to pursue big-name free agents in the past, so why would he change that stance for Arenado?
If the Rockies are willing to do business, the Dodgers should strike now while their World Series window is still open.