Blue Jays: What high impact player could they add?
The Colorado Rockies aren’t necessarily a winning team and all Nolan Arenado wants to do is win. Despite signing an eight-year, $260 million contract extension prior to the 2019 season, he has an opt-out clause after the 2021 season which allows him to enter free agency if he wishes to.
Arenado didn’t have his best season this year slashing just .253/.303/.434 but he has outstanding career numbers of .293/.349/.541 with 235 HR and 760 RBIs. He’s been to five consecutive all-star games, has four Silver Slugger awards, and has won the Gold Glove award each year since he’s entered the league back in 2013.
While Arenado is an excellent player, one thing to be wary of is his home/road splits as he does significantly better at the high altitude of Coors Field. For example, this season at home, he slashed .271/.304/.505 with seven home runs but on the road, he put up a line of .227/.302/.333 with just one ball going over the fence.
Arenado trade rumors are sure to heat up throughout the offseason as there’s a chance he opts out of his contract after the 2021 season, so the Rockies may want to get something for him instead of letting him walk for nothing. The Blue Jays could give the Rockies a call and see what the asking price is as he would make this team immediately better, especially on the defensive side of things as that is an area the team struggled with this season.