The Chicago White Sox have had an incredible offseason so far. Could it be in the cards to acquire Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies?
The Chicago White Sox are pretty loaded in the infield. They have Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Nick Madrigal, and Jose Abreu slated to make up the infield in 2020. The thing is if they had their chance to acquire Nolan Arenado it would be a franchise-altering move. He is currently one of the very best players in the world that appears to be on his way out of the Colorado Rockies organization.
Arenado made it public that he wanted to be out. He spoke to MLB dot com telling them that “There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of. You can quote that”. This came in a tweet with the story from Thomas Harding who covers the Rockies for MLB dot com. That makes the price drop on him in the eyes of the other teams because now it feels like the Rockies have no choice but to trade him.
The White Sox would be smart to acquire him if the package wasn’t too steep. If they could do it without giving up on any of their proven MLB talents, it would be a fantastic trade for them. They could worry about where they would slot everyone on the field later if it became an issue. He would make the White Sox go from a fringe playoff team to a World Series contender. If you believe in this team than you would believe in them even more if Nolan Arenado came on board.
He was a 5.7 WAR player in 2019. He hit 41 home runs on 185 hits. He had 118 RBs and 102 runs scored on a mediocre Rockies team. He slashed .315/.379/.583 during the campaign as well which round out some of the best offensive numbers in all of baseball. Rick Hahn should have the idea to at least check in with Colorado because this is one of the best players in the world. As good as all of the players on the White Sox project to be, they might not be as good as Arenado ever.