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Nolan Arenado and the Rockies had an interesting arbitration filing day

Rockies news and links for January 13, 2019

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Win or lose, Arenado in line for arbitration record |
Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies did not reach agreement on a contract for the 2019 season by Friday’s 11 AM MT arbitration filing deadline. In his final year of arbitration before free agency, Arenado requested $30 million, while the Rockies countered with a $24 million offer. MLB Trade Rumors predicted a $26.1 million contract for Arenado. Any of these figures would break the current record for a single-season arbitration contract, which was set by Josh Donaldson at $23 million last offseason. Fortunately, it appears as though the Rockies and Arenado have a good chance of settling their differences before an arbitration hearing becomes necessary. Thomas Harding of details Arenado’s case and that of the Rockies’ other arbitration-eligible players.

A ho-hum arbitration day turned odd and dramatic for the Rockies, with pending questions | The Athletic ($)
Nick Groke of The Athletic offers his own update on Arenado’s arbitration case, noting that the Rockies would like to sign the third baseman to a long-term deal. Groke also analyzes DJ LeMahieu’s deal with the New York Yankees and says that the Rockies’ preference for signing Murphy to LeMahieu (who are both guaranteed two years and $24 million on their respective contracts) was made out of a desire to add more offense to the lineup.

Whatever Arenado wants, the Rockies should oblige him | Mile High Sports
In Justin Michael’s column about Arenado’s arbitration case for Mile High Sports, he argues that General Manager Jeff Bridich should give the Rockies’ All-Star what he wants. While the $6 million gap is a fairly significant one as far as arbitration cases go, Michael writes that dishing out the dough would be a significant step for the team to take if it would like to sign Arenado to a long-term deal.

How leaving Coors may affect LeMahieu’s stats |
While LeMahieu’s road numbers have been a shell of his statistics at Coors Field throughout his career (and especially in 2018), it’s not as simple as saying, “He’s only good at home!” The Rockies’ home inflated numbers, but there are also negative effects on the road. Many fans have come to know this as the “Coors Hangover.” Mike Petriello of explores the anomalies of Coors Field and how we’ve seen some ex-Rockies find home/road split correction when they joined a new team.

Rockies’ Hampson invited to RCDP |
Garrett Hampson was recently interviewed by, reflecting on his experience at the Rookie Career Development Program.

Bregman leads Top 10 third basemen into 2019 |
According to both Petriello and “The Shredder” from MLB Network, Arenado rates as the third-best third baseman in baseball right now. “The Shredder” places him behind José Ramírez and Justin Turner, while Petriello ranks Arenado after Alex Bregman and Ramírez.