Dodgers also target Gold Glove third baseman Arena
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not done adding power.
The Dodgers are in talks with the St. Louis Cardinals to acquire Nolan Arenado, 32, according to the Los Angeles Times, citing sources.온라인바카라
An eight-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger and 10-time Gold Glove, Arenado signed an eight-year, $260 million contract extension with his former team, the Colorado Rockies, prior to the 2019 season.
He was traded to St. Louis prior to the 2021 season and subsequently had two opt-out opportunities after the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
He has five years and $144 million remaining on his contract through 2027, including the 2023 season.
The Reds are reportedly looking for young pitching in exchange for Arenado. Names like Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, Ryan Pepiot, and Emmitt Sheehan have been mentioned. All are young, electric pitchers.
The stakes could be high. The Dodgers could receive additional starting pitching from St. Louis, including Zach Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery, while the Cardinals are reportedly exploring the possibility of adding outfielders like Max Muncy and Chris Taylor.
The key to the trade is the player. Arenado has the right to veto a trade.
Local media reports are mixed on this one. The LA Times reported that Arenado is only willing to waive his veto against his hometown team, the Dodgers, while MLB.com quoted the player’s agent, Joel Wolf, as saying that reports that Arenado would only waive his veto against the Dodgers were false.
The Dodgers have long been interested in Arenado, the LA Times reported. Those meetings have gone back and forth. They waited for him to hit free agency after the 2019 season, but he extended his contract with Colorado, and when he became available before the 2021 season, Rockies owner Dick Montfort refused to trade him to their division rivals.
Can he make it work this time? It won’t be easy, for starters, as he has a lot of years left on his contract, and while his defense has declined this season (DRS -4), he’s still been productive at the plate (.287 batting average with a .856 OPS), so it’s likely that a team would have to pay a hefty price to acquire him.
The LA Times reports that Arenado’s remaining contract could be a liability for the Dodgers, who plan to enter the race for Shohei Ohtani after this season.