MLB Rumors: What will it cost to acquire Nolan Arenado?
It should be noted that a Nolan Arenado trade is very, very unlikely, per most MLB insiders. However, were he to be dealt, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the most likely destination. Arenado is from California, and would at least think about waiving his no-trade clause for such an accommodation.
FanSided’s Robert Murray commented on this rumor, which was first reported by Jorge Castillo of the LA Times. Murray graded the fit as a 5/10.
"“On the surface, Arenado would make a TON of sense with the Dodgers. He’d give them another superstar and fill the third base position long-term. But every indication out of St. Louis has been that the Cardinals will not trade Arenado and that the star third baseman wants to be in St. Louis. Heck, he opted into the remainder of his nine-year, $275 million contract with the team this past offseason and will be in St. Louis until 2028. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause. Does that sound like a player who wants to be traded?”"
If the Cardinals were to trade Arenado, they’d want young pitching back in return, and then some. Per Castillo, St. Louis would want several prospects like Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, Ryan Pepiot and Emmet Sheehan, and perhaps even Max Muncy and/or Chris Taylor.
That’s a lot to ask, but Arenado is worth it. The more likely result is that he stays put for now.