There are three certainties in this world: death, taxes, and rumors about the Cardinals trading for Nolan Arenado. Every year without fail digital inked is spilled on this topic and it is never hard to understand why. It is something fantastical. We just want something wild to happen.
The most recent rumors have been fueled by reports that the Cardinals players are discussing the move, which seems… unusual? I have no idea how much insight the players have into these types of decisions, but before this I would guess not much. Maybe they are just bored too and they are applying my technique of repeating rumors until they manifest into something true.
Cardinals players have been buzzing about this with each other for several weeks. It would be a tectonic shift in the NL Central if their team can make it happen. https://t.co/1Xtubf0yJQ
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 29, 2021
John Mozeliak to STL media in Zoom: “Not a whole lot I can add to (Arenado rumors — did not use name). Clearly they’re out there. … Still time to improve the club, still time to look at things. We’re going to remain open-minded & see what we can do.”#stlcards #Cardinals #MLB
— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) January 29, 2021
“There’s a whole lot of rumors floating around the industry right now,” Mo acknowledges. “There’s not a whole lot I can add to those.”
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) January 29, 2021
I am not sure what to make of this rumor. It certainly would seem to be a change of direction from a team that declined a $12 million option for Kolten Wong to trade for a player owed $199 million of the next six seasons. Also of note is Arenado’s no trade clause, though he seems likely to waive it. With the re-signing of Adam Wainwright, maybe the teams feels comfortable in their pieces to make a move (like trading Carlos Martínez). I am grasping at straws here, but hey, I am trying to unpack this.
At the point we are at in, well, our lives right now, I can’t really see this going anywhere, but it is fun to speculate about so let me know what you think!
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