The Colorado Rockies future just got much, much, more interesting.
Star third-baseman Nolan Arenado has changed agents, according to reports from Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: #Rockies’ Nolan Arenado changing agents, from Scott Boras to Joel Wolfe and Nick Chanock of Wasserman Media Group.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 4, 2015
It had been reasonably assumed by many around these parts -- myself included -- that Arenado would be leaving Colorado eventually, largely because of his now former agent, Scott Boras. Boras has famously been excellent at netting his clients muchos deniero and pushing for bigger markets. He's achieved this by maximizing contracts in free agency. Boras has historically been against extensions, because when guys like Arenado become free agents, some team tends to lob some ridiculous dollar amount at them.
Interestingly, Arenado's new agency is perhaps most famous for their extension deal recently that, I believe, secured Giancarlo Stanton a series of small islands ... but kept him in Miami.
You can see where we are going with this.
No statement has been made to the media regarding Arenado's desire to stay in or extend with Colorado. But when I interviewed Dan O'Dowd about the possibility of extending Arenado, the first words out of his mouth were, you guessed it, "Scott Boras." That barrier is no longer there, but that doesn't mean that other barriers don't exist.
There is still a a lot that stands in the way, including whether or not the agency aims at another Stanton-like contract, and whether the Rockies would even be willing to entertain such an agreement. Not only that, but there's the harsh reality that the last time the Rockies offered big extensions to their home-grown stars, the gods of injury hexed them for years.
The existing large contracts of Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Reyes shouldn't block an Arenado deal, as both of those commitments will be complete before 2018. Additionally, the way extensions have been structured lately, the big paydays tend to be delayed. That is the case with Stanton's contract.
It would seem at the moment that the biggest, or at least first, blockade to keeping Nolan Arenado in purple is now gone. If the problem had simply been getting in the door, it may have just swung wide open for the Colorado Rockies. We're not sure about a lot of the details regarding the change. But we can say with relative confidence that if the Rockies do intend to offer an extension to Arenado, the sooner the better.