Blue Jays rumours: Is trading for Nolan Arenado possible?

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28). (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28). (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

There are rumours suggesting that the Toronto Blue Jays could look to trade for Nolan Arenado which would be a serious addition if possible.

For the past few weeks, we have heard about the Toronto Blue Jays being interested in many players in free agency along with the top trade candidate in Francisco Lindor, but now a new target has now emerged.

It has been no secret that Nolan Arenado has been unhappy with the team’s lack of progress towards being competitive. This has led to a lot of speculation about his future in the Mile High State.

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As an eight-time Gold Glover who has made five straight all-star appearances, there will be no shortage of suitors for Arenado. He is a 29-year-old capable of being an elite contributor defensively at third base and at the plate.

When it comes to potential landing spots for Arenado, it’s not surprising to hear Toronto come up as a team looking to see what the cost could be. As Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors explained, the Blue Jays have the financial flexibility to pull off a move for Arenado especially if they can trade Randal Grichuk.

Looking at his contract, Arenado has six years and $199 million including $35 million in 2021. This is not an easy financial commitment to make and the complicated part is that Arenado can opt-out of his deal after next season.

Should the Blue Jays be looking to trade part of their prospect capital and potentially lose Arenado if he decides to opt out? On top of that, he has been dealing with a shoulder injury which will present some caution.

Fortunately for Toronto, with Lindor and Kris Bryant reportedly on the market, some teams might be focusing their attention elsewhere which might hurt the Rockies’ position. At the same time, there will be some teams with serious financial muscle who will be willing to make the move for Arenado and that might push the Blue Jays out.

At the same time, the Blue Jays will need to figure out if they want Vladimir Guerrero Jr. playing third base. They might also believe that their prospect capital and money can be spent in better places.

This is not to say Arenado wouldn’t be a worthwhile addition, but unless the price is reasonable it might be best if the Blue Jays looked elsewhere.

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