Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies are “willing to listen to trade inquiries” on Nolan Arenado.
Arenado just signed a seven-year, $260 million contract extension with Colorado last spring and he carries a full no-trade clause, but the Rockies have utterly failed to build a good team around him. That has led to Arenado voicing frustration at the direction of the organization. And suggests that he’d be more than willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Rockies could make a deal with a contender.
It’d not be easy to make a deal, though. In addition to the no-trade clause, limiting potential suitors if Areando doesn’t like them, he has an opt-out after the 2021 season that a team would want a bit more certainty on before giving up the farm for him. All that’s in addition to the fact that Arenado is a 28-year-old superstar who has averaged a .937 OPS with 40 home runs and 124 RBI per year since 2015 and is the best defensive third baseman in the game. It would be a massive deal if one could be pulled off.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.