Nolan Arenado trade is not good news for baseball owners

Nolan Arenado is reportedly heading for the Cardinals with a complex mega-contract change swap between MLB and the Rocky Mountains, which requires approval from the Players Association, so we can start calling this a trend.

Arenado has become the third franchise player in the past year and the second franchise player this month, joining Franchise Lindeau (January 7th) and Mookie Betts (February last year), a blockbuster completely motivated by salary concerns. It became a work.

Unlike Lindor and Betts, who headed for the walk season, Arenado signed an eight-year, $ 260 million deal in just two years. Cleveland believed that Linz couldn’t come up with the $ 300 million he wanted to stay. The Red Sox, also rejected by Betts, decided to press the 2020 reset button. This is a euphemism for not trying.

Then there is the Rocky Mountains. They clearly decided they weren’t willing to pay Arenado anymore, or didn’t want to risk seeing him opt out and jump to teams like NL West rival Dodgers later this season. I did. In fact, Colorado is reportedly sending $ 50 million to the Cardinals to reduce the $ 199 million remaining in the contract.

The full details of the trade have not yet been revealed — it probably won’t be completed in a few days — the return of the Rocky Mountains is not expected to be a franchise-changing haul as far as the outlook goes. Given the uncertain economic conditions in sports and the tendency to enjoy going to long-standing competitors in baseball-loving markets like St. Louis, Arenado remains in place rather than opting out. It’s not difficult to see.

This is great, especially for the Cubs’ new austerity plan, which is firmly anchored as a favorite of Soft NL Central. However, as with Lindor and Betts, the Rocky Mountain Arenado dumping, 29 years old (5 All-Star appearances, 8 Gold Glove Awards, homemade superstar with Elite Tran-produced power), has a baseball bow. Another disturbing shot across. Owners shout poverty.

A franchise that throws away the most marketable stars because of salary concerns is nothing new. However, as it becomes more frequent and the gap between those who have it and those who do not, it can make those franchises look bad and damage the sport as a whole.

The Red Sox cost savings certainly worked for the Dodgers and Betts, who signed a $ 365 million extension for 12 years before playing the game and helped lead to the World Series title. Lindor should now get a $ 300 million extension from Mets rejuvenated under new owner Steve Cohen (and his $ 14 billion property).

And the formerly dissatisfied Arenado must be excited to go to the Cardinal soon after fighting the Rocky Mountain front office.

Tanaka’s escape route

On Friday, General Manager Brian Cashman described the Yankees’ decision to part with Masahiro Tanaka as a “2 to 1” move in theory, signing with Corey Kluber and trading with Jameson Taillon. I liked to do it. Strengthen the rotation.

The 32-year-old Tanaka clearly wanted to return to the Bronx, but when a conversation between Cashman and agent Casey Close showed that it wouldn’t happen, he was the former NPB team, Tohoku Rakuten. I agreed to return to the Golden Eagles on the 2nd. -Annual contract. However, there is a problem.

At a press conference in Japan on Friday night, Tanaka said he would sit down with Rakuten after this season to discuss the future, suggesting that the Eagles could opt out if they wanted to return to the pitch in the United States.

“We agreed on a two-year contract, but we were confident that we would discuss it after the season and see where we were going,” Tanaka said in a transcript. “I’m not sure at this stage, and I felt I was doing an unfinished business in the US and didn’t give up, so they agreed to the terms of keeping those options open.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean Tanaka is destined to return to the Yankees, but he’s more than the end of last year, even if fans show gratitude and don’t have the opportunity to end in the worst postseason of his seven-year career. With pinstripes that deserve a good see-off.

Tanaka’s regular season Yankees ERA was 3.74, 78-46, and the 10th start of the playoffs was 3.33 ERA, 5-4.

“He fulfilled the deal,” said Cashman, who signed a seven-year, $ 155 million deal (and a $ 20 million post fee). “He came in wanting to compete. He was a great teammate and a great Yankees. As he did everything he could to take us where we wanted to go. I feel it.

“If we didn’t come across some Shenanigan, he would probably have participated in the World Series. That’s one thing I thought of when he returned to Japan. You dream of those dreams. It’s a bit sad when I have it … and it’s an opportunity that could have been stolen from him. ”

These “Shenanigans” were Astros cheats for the 2017 season, and the Yankees lost to Houston in the ALCS.

“The moment I became a free agent, to be honest, my hope was to re-contract with the Yankees and continue playing for them,” Tanaka said at a press conference. “But very early on, I felt that they should contact me through the agent and consider other options, including returning to Japan.

“To be honest, I suddenly came up with something I hadn’t thought of before, but I was really in trouble. I got out of the difficult question of how I want to play baseball and under what circumstances. I think the details will be revealed, but in this pandemic world, things are difficult so far. ”