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Nolan Arenado should be a part of the Colorado Rockies’ plans beyond 2019

Rockies news and links for July 7, 2017.

Is it time for the Rockies to lock up Nolan Arenado to a long-term deal?
Nolan Arenado and his future with the Rockies make up the a chunk of the questions Patrick Saunders took here. There hasn't been word about an extension with Arenado, according to Saunders. Saunders pegs a possible extension at six years and $120 million, which seems a little low to me. There's a lot more good stuff in this afternoon chat.

And also, yes. The Rockies should should extend Arenado now. Just like they should have done it last year. And just like they should have done it in April 2014.

Rockies star CarGo is so far gone he curses his slump as a nightmare | Denver Post
Mark Kiszla spoke with Carlos González about CarGo's miserable season thus far—it's sort of depressing. CarGo's been through awful cold stretches before, but this one as lasted from Opening Day to the All-Star break. And CarGo knows and feels every additional out he makes even more than we as fans do. The Rockies could really use a vintage CarGo run in the second half, but at this point in his career, we shouldn't just assume it will happen.

Tyler Anderson back with Rockies after surgery | MLB.com
Tyler Anderson has returned the Rockies, and although he hasn't started walking after his knee surgery just yet, he should be soon. He's been keeping his arm in shape while sidelined, just like Jon Gray did when he was out with a foot injury. It sounds like Anderson could be back by August.

Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado dissect the third baseman’s latest and greatest gems
Drew Creasman spoke with Nolan Arenado about one of Arenado's most recent great plays—the one where he fielded a bunt on the first base side and threw out the lead runner at second. Arenado was mentally prepared to go all in on that play because he was sure Luis Castillo was going to bunt. "He's a rookie," Arenado said. "He's just trying to get the job done." The way Arenado thinks two steps ahead is probably the basis of a lot of his impressive plays.

Purple Row

MLB Trade Deadline 2017: How the Rockies can go all in without going all in | Purple Row
The Rockies are in a rut, but they are still well positioned for a postseason run. Connor Farrell looks at how the Rockies can go all in at the trade deadline to improve that position, without really going all in.

The NL West

Dodgers ride the Fernando Rodney Experience to sweep Diamondbacks | True Blue LA
The Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth off of Fernando Rodney to finish off a sweep of the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers might not lose ever again.

The Giants didn’t get any of the top 50 international prospects, which brings up an old complaint | McCovey Chronicles
Grant Brisbee looks at the Giants' inactivity on the international free agent market and the things about it that stick in his craw.

Cleveland beat Padres a billion to two | Gaslamp Ball
That's an estimated score.