The St. Louis Cardinals set to acquire Nolan Arenado
By Brett Ramsey
After a quiet few months, the St. Louis Cardinals have sprung to action.
If you’re standing up, you may want to sit down. That’s right. It’s finally happening. The long speculated and imagined pairing between the St. Louis Cardinals and Nolan Arenado is close to becoming a reality.
While it’s not yet “official,” all signs point to this trade being completed. If it is, it will possibly be regarded as one of the biggest trades in St. Louis Cardinals history. Arenado is a superstar and instantly propels the Cardinals from being among the bland and mediocre to being the best team in the division and gives the Cardinals a puncher’s chance against the likes of the Braves, Dodgers, and Padres.
News broke late Friday night and Cardinals fandom spiraled into a collective heap of jubilation. Again, the deal is pending and not finalized. This situation is developing and we will keep you updated on all of the information as it comes.
The return is not yet known, but it is thought that the Colorado Rockies will be getting multiple players back from the Cardinals, but not any top prospects. The Rockies will reportedly be sending some money the Cardinals way as well. Arenado will waive his no-trade clause but this deal is very complicated with opt-outs and the potential of another year being added. That said, it could take time to get finalized. Here are some names mentioned as possibly being in the trade:
This trade seems to be a huge win for the St. Louis Cardinals. They needed hitting. They lacked excitement. Arenado fixes both of those. I’ve been critical of the Cardinals sometimes, so I’ll take my helping of crow with a bottle of BBQ sauce. The organization, from the top down, deserves a ton of credit and applause.
John Mozeliak and Mike Girsch have seemingly pulled off one of the biggest trades potentially in team history. Owner Bill DeWitt has seemingly signed off on this deal even after the team stated their intent to trim payroll for the 2021 season, due to lost revenue from the shortened 2020 season. He deserves credit for that and it showcases his commitment to winning.
There will be many more details to add to the in the coming days, surely. But right now the St. Louis Cardinals have put the rest of the league on notice. With this move they have leapfrogged the rest of the NL Central and have set their sights on the top contenders in the sport. Arenado is such a different maker that adding him can make the whole roster better.
With this acquisition, the St. Louis Cardinals have issued a right hook to the jaw of the elite teams in the National League. The previously dormant Cardinals are waiting in the weeds no longer.