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Rockies news and links for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Well, it’s been another uneventful couple of days for Rockies fans.

This is a joke, of course. The (stuff) hit the fan on Monday, and it hasn’t really stopped hitting the fan since then.

In case you missed it, here’s how the drama unfolded.

Nolan not happy with current situation | MLB.com

On Monday, Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post that he was putting the Nolan Arenado trade rumors to rest:

“We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected — with Nolan in the purple and black and as our third baseman.”

Fans everywhere rejoiced.

For about 30 seconds.

Then came Nolan’s response:

“I don’t care what people say around there ... There is a lot of disrespect.”

Cool.

Nolan Arenado says Rockies disrespected him, feels ‘crossed’ by team | Denver7

In case there was any confusion over who the “disrespect” comments referred to, Nolan followed up via text:

“Jeff is very disrespectful. I never talk trash or anything,” Arenado texted to Denver7. “I play hard, keep my mouth shut. But I can only get crossed so many times.”

Nolan declined to elaborate on what specifically was disrespectful but confirmed he’s not mad about the trade rumors.

“It’s been a lot of different things,” Arenado said. “Just a lot of (stuff).”

Yep. This Nolan Arenado trade rumor (stuff) just got real. Fast.

Nolan Arenado feeling ‘disrespected’ by Jeff Bridich, Rockies see another spat boil over | The Athletic ($)

Nolan used the word “disrespected.” Nick Groke of The Athletic opts for “hurt.”

Nolan was pretty clear about this one: He wants to win. And the Rockies front office assured him they’d put a team around him that could win, whether that meant signing free agents or extending current players’ contracts. They would do whatever it took to build their superstar player a team he could be proud of.

Nolan signed up to become part of the Rockies family based on a bunch of empty promises. Basically, his new family lied to him.

So yeah, I guess that probably hurts.

In defense of Arenado ... and the Rockies | MLB.com

Will Leitch assumes Nolan is pissed because he wanted to be traded and the Rockies didn’t trade him. He proceeds to explain why trading Nolan would be hard, as well as why Nolan might want to be traded.

Which is cool and stuff, except that everyone has been speculating about both of those things for months, and Nolan explicitly said, “I’m not mad at the trade rumors. There’s more to it.”

Nolan’s not mad because he wants to be traded. He wants to be traded because he’s mad.

Hastings, Harris and Dover hour one - 1/20/20

Scott Hastings of Altitude Sports Radio thinks he might have some insight into the situation.

Around the 39:00 mark, Hastings discusses Nolan’s exit interview from the end of last season, which was allegedly so heated that it almost “came to blows.” Hastings’ source claims that Bridich was so angry about Nolan’s “it feels like a rebuild” comments that Bridich “got in his face” and verbally attacked him.

So Nolan’s new family is verbally and emotionally abusive too! This all sounds great.

Nolan Arenado or Jeff Bridich, Dick Monfort? Who’s it going to be? | Denver Post ($)

The correct answer is the fans. After all, they’re your customers — they buy your product.

But then again, as a peasant, I need money, which can be exchanged for goods and services. If you already have enough money to own a baseball team, maybe your logic is a little different.

The latest on Arenado’s situation with the Rox | MLB.com

Tuesday night wrapped up with Thomas Harding offering us another article that basically summarizes everything he’s already told us.

He sounds tired. I don’t blame him.

Jeff Bridich and Nolan Arenado break their silences on the swirling trade rumors | Purple Row

If you’re looking for more about what went down and who said what, our own Ben Kouchnerkavich wrote one of the best articles about the situation, all while practicing correct noun-noun agreement.

Why Nolan Arenado is right to feel betrayed by the Rockies | Purple Row

If you’re looking for more about the deeper meaning behind this whole situation, our own Renee Dechert nails it here (as usual).

I might be biased, but I think Ben and Renee wrote two of the best articles you’ll read about this entire (stuff)show.

Walker elected to Hall of Fame in final year | MLB.com

Try to be happy, OK? At least one thing went our way this week.