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Report: Nolan Arenado has 50/50 chance of being traded

Trade rumors swirl around star third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado reacts after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning at Oracle Park. John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Nolan Arenado signed a record-setting contract extension last February and continued his strong play in 2019 but the Rockies didn’t, and that has rumors flying that he’s on the trade block. Last month, Jon Heyman reported that the Rockies “are willing to listen” to offers on Arenado. Now MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that “Arenado has roughly a 50/50 chance of being traded, with a half-dozen teams having checked in” on the star third baseman.

Morosi notes that the Dodgers aren’t the most likely destination for Arenado and that the team prefers not to trade within the division. Multiple teams are rumored to have interest, which isn’t surprising. The Rangers, Braves, White Sox, Phillies, Blue Jays and Dodgers all would look to make a deal, especially after Anthony Rendon has been taken off the market.

Arenado will be 29 and in his eighth major league season in 2020. He was sixth in NL-MVP voting in 2019 and continues to show consistency and improvement as a 5 WAR player over the last three seasons. Any team would be happy to have him if they can make it work.