Nolan Arenado headlines offseason MLB trades



The Rockies traded Nolan Arenado to St. Louis

Jackson Dungan, Reporter

A lackluster MLB offseason quickly shifted gears after future Hall-of-Fame third baseman Nolan Arenado was traded from the Mile-High Rockies to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arenado has reportedly been traded for five players. Left handed pitcher Austin Gomber, infielder Mateo Gil, infielder Elehuris Montero, right handed pitcher Toney Locey, and right-handed pitcher Jake Sommers.

Distraught Colorado fans held a memorial outside of the Rockies’ stadium in Denver: Coor’s Field to show how they felt about the trade.

Regardless of the fan’s response, Arenado seems optimistic about his future with his new team.

“As a kid, you dream of winning a World Series, and that’s still the dream now,” he said. “To join this organization, they care about winning and about getting things done, and that’s really exciting.”

Former teammate of Arenado, Dexter Fowler, is set to leave and join Mike Trout and Justin Upton with the Los Angeles Angels.

Other major signings include former Seattle Mariner legend and Cy Young award winning pitcher, Felix Hernandez being picked up by the Orioles and signed to a Minor League contract. The Orioles have placed him on assignment in the minors to progress through the system where he will earn a mere $1 million bonus for making it to the big leagues by the end of the season.

Hernandez had a brief stint with the Braves during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season but opted not to play for health reasons.

The Minnesota Twins have agreed to re-sign long time power hitter Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal that will pay him $13 million.

Following a short run with the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-handed pitcher Chris Archer has agreed to a deal to return home to Tampa Bay after being dealt to the Pirates by the Rays at the 2018 trade deadline. Archer has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.