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OFFICIAL: Cardinals acquire Nolan Arenado

The Rockies and the Cardinals announced the deal Monday evening

The St. Louis Cardinals announced tonight that they have officially acquired Colorado Rockes’ superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado:

In return, the Rockies will receive left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber and the following prospects:

  • INF Elehuris Montero ( No. 8 Cardinals prospect)
  • RHP Tony Locey ( No. 19 Cardinals prospect)
  • INF Mateo Gil ( No. 22 Cardinals prospect)
  • RHP Jake Sommers

Initial reports had suggested the possibility of Jhon Torres and Luken Baker being included in the deal, but this did not come to fruition.

The Rockies’ need for an additional lefty is well known. Gomber has 104 big league innings to his name in two seasons of work (2018 and 2020). He holds a career 3.72 ERA during in his time with the Cardinals, posting a 1.86 in his 29 innings last year.

Gomber relies on a fastball/curveball mix, working in an occasional slider as well as a righty-exclusive changeup. 15 of his 43 MLB appearances have been starts, but his immediate placement in the bullpen could address Colorado’s left-handed reliever deficiency. Here he is in action:

Mark Saxon of The Athletic reported last weekend that Arenado had expressed interest in joining the Cardinals:

Arenado is still owed $199 million on his contract. While Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Rockies will send money in the $50 million range to the Cardinals as part of the deal, the details are not yet known.

The deal concludes a turbulent relationship between Arenado and general manager Jeff Bridich.

Arenado’s former Rockies’ teammate, shortstop Trevor Story, revealed his initial reaction to the trade to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Bridich, along with Rockies’ owner Dick Monfort, are scheduled to meet with the media on Tuesday at 10 AM MT.

Purple Row will have extensive coverage of this story tomorrow.