The Colorado Rockies now have an extra month to ponder trading their best player, as the shortened MLB season's trade deadline has been set at August 31.
If they do decide to move him, sending him to the Chicago White Sox could help Colorado end up with some of the best young prospects in baseball.
Unfortunately for the White Sox, projected starting second baseman Nick Madrigal will have to go to Colorado in this deal. Doing so will allow Yoan Moncada to move back to second while Arenado takes over third. Colorado needs a catcher, so why not insist on some lefty pop by acquiring Zack Collins, a former first-round pick now relegated to backup duty behind Yasmani Grandal?
The Rockies perpetually need pitching, and the best prospect Chicago would be willing to part with is right-hander Dane Dunning. While he is coming off of Tommy John, Dunning's enticing fastball and 2.74 minor league ERA could give him a spot with the Rockies at the major league level in 2020.
Trading Arenado is a worst case scenario for Colorado, but giving him up to the White Sox could help the Rockies get enough top prospects back to remain a viable team in the NL West.