Nolan Arenado has had some time now to process things since being traded over to the St. Louis Cardinals.
After eight years playing third base for the Colorado Rockies, Arenado was traded over to St. Louis in January of 2021.
He had wanted out for some time after the Rockies had considered moving him before the 2020 season.
So, like many people around the baseball world, Arenado was quite surprised to see his former squad sign third baseman and outfielder Kris Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million deal.
Arenado also noted however, that things seem to be different there since former general manager Jeff Bridich left his post, and that perhaps they see a way to compete now.
Nolan Arenado said he was surprised to see Kris Bryant sign with the Rockies, but also that there’s a different front office regime there now than when Jeff Bridich was there. “They must see something going on with their team and think they can compete.”
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Has The Tone Changed In Colorado?
Arenado’s comments are spot on, and it seems as if the Rockies are at least trying to put a better product on the field.
But with Trevor Story more than likely departing, there isn’t exactly much to be excited about if you’re a Rockies fan.
The team has finished near the bottom of the NL West for the past three years and has posted records that were well below the .500 mark.
So, it’s interesting to think about what might be going on in Colorado.
It’s hard to see what they see, if what they see is in fact a path to contention.
They just don’t have enough, even after signing Bryant.
Arenado is correct though that the tone has changed in the Rockies organization since he was traded over to St. Louis.
But Arenado wanted to win.
He wasn’t going to get that in Colorado and was ready to have a change of scenery.
Bryant almost seems like he’s being signed to be Arenado’s replacement.