There’s still plenty up in the air when it comes to Nolan Arenado’s future, but for the time being, things are settled. Arenado and the Rockies reached a record setting deal in arbitration with $26 million, beating out Josh Donaldson’s $23 million at the start of last year. Arenado is relieved the business side is complete, so now he can focus on what he loves: playing baseball. The Rockies are still likely to try for a long-term deal with the third baseman, who will be a free agent at the end of the year. He’ll be able to demand a major contract, likely in the $200 million range, so it’s up to the Rockies to try to strike up a deal.
Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies top prospect, is hoping to have a Trevor Story-like rise with the Rockies. However, he is competing with another young talent, Ryan McMahon. Garrett Hampson and Pat Valaika are also vying for replacing DJ LeMahieu. After being selected third overall in the 2015 Draft, Rodgers spent time in the minor leagues, learning everything he could and getting some valuable experience. He also got some mentorship from Matt Holliday who was down in Albuquerque before coming up to the majors. Rodgers is healthy and ready to go, so here’s to a good 2019 at second base.
David Dahl’s offseason this year has been different than past ones. The 24-year-old got married, and he’s also been able to work out while he’s healthy. He’s been with the Rockies for five years, but this is the first year he’ll go into spring training fully healthy. This is fantastic news for the Rockies, who have seen phenomenal output from Dahl. He ended last year strong, and he’s been able to prepare for this new season at full capacity. He’s feeling motivated after the powerful hitting he had in September of last year, when he hit .281 with nine home runs. If he can maintain his health and continue to impress us, we might expect to see him getting that starting role in the competitive Rockies outfield.
Arbitration has come to a close for the Rockies and Nolan Arenado, with a record-setting $26 million deal. More information has come out about the Mark Reynolds minor league deal that he signed Wednesday. If Reynolds makes the major league team, his base salary will be $1 million, with $1 million available in incentives for him. Speaking of welcoming back Rockies, Colorado is reportedly interested in bringing back Carlos Gonzalez. Around the division, the Diamondbacks have nearly finalized things with Greg Holland. There are five teams interested in J.T. Realmuto, the Dodgers and the Padres among them. The Padres are also in talks with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Things are starting to heat up as we get nearer to spring training.