Walt Weiss sided with his 24-year old third base phenom when asked Friday who he believes should win the NL MVP Award. The selling point? Defense. Nolan Arenado has played himself into the conversation along with Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew McCutchen. Though leading the league in RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases, Arenado is trumped by Harper in most offensive categories. A fault in the voting, believes Weiss, because so much emphasis is placed on offensive numbers rather than defensive metrics. According to Baseball Reference, Arenado has posted a dWAR of 2.0 and 16 defensive runs saved, compared to Harper's 0.7 dWAR and 12 Rdrs.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com provides quotes from the skipper on Arenado's MVP candidacy.
Pat Murphy, Padres manager, says Nolan Arenado looks like an MVP - The Denver Post
Many of Weiss's sung praises echoed off the walls of the visiting dugout Friday. Padres manager, Pat Murphy, tipped his cap to the Rockies' third baseman, calling Arenado "amazing," and that he would "probably vote for him" as Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. Arenado undoubtably catches the attention of everyone down the third base line, but the Rockies' last place status will hurt him in the MVP voting. But as Weiss points out, the league does not have any one player from a first place team making themselves a frontrunner in the conversation.
Why Arenado should win the MVP...And why he won't - Rockies Zingers
Adam Peterson of Rockies Zingers throws his two cents in on the subject, along with charts, grafts and some beautiful video footage from Nolan Arenado's break-out 2015. Peterson reminds us all that even if Arenado falls short of the MVP, Denver is beyond lucky to watch him play his game every night.
Bobby DeMuro of Rox Pile offers up the possibility of an offseason acquisition of recently DFA'd Dodger, Mat Latos. Latos made just five starts for Los Angeles since coming over in a deadline deal with the Marlins, before being shown the door. In his career, Latos has made six starts at Coors Field, going 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA.
DeMuro draws similarities to the buy-low deals that landed Jorge De La Rosa and Chris Rusin, but the proposition does not come without risk. Latos, the 27-year old righty, will make $9.4M this year while having posted a disappointing 4-10 record and 4.95 ERA.