MLB Weekly Digest February 1st Edition: St. Louis Cardinals Reportedly Acquire Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

MLB Weekly Digest February 1st Edition: St. Louis Cardinals Reportedly Acquire Third Baseman Nolan Arenado

The last week in MLB was about a significant trade involving a third baseman, a team in the National League signs a catcher to a multi-year contract, and a starting pitcher is traded.

St. Louis Cardinals Reportedly Acquire Third Baseman Nolan Arenado from Colorado Rockies

The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly made a massive upgrade to their team.

They have acquired third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies; sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Rockies are sending a vast amount of cash in the deal, it might be as much as $50 million, and they would also receive five prospects from the Cardinals, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The deal will take several days to be finalized as it is pending approval by MLB and the players’ association.

Arenado will have to waive his no-trade clause formally, says Rosenthal.

The amount of money the Rockies send the Cardinals will be dependent on how long Arenado remains with the Cardinals.

The third baseman will keep his opt-out clause in 2021, receive an additional opt-out clause after the 2022 campaign, and retain his full no-trade clause, per Rosenthal.

The Cardinals will extend his contract by one year worth $15 million, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Arenado has played his entire career with the Rockies.

He was about to enter the third season on what was an eight-year, $260-million deal.

He will make $35 million in 2021, and after the extension by the Cardinals, he will make $214 million through 2027.

Arenado has been the best defensive third baseman in the National League over the past eight seasons.

He has won the Gold Glove at third base each year within that period.

He is just as deadly at the plate, as he has a career .293 batting average, 1,206 hits, 235 home runs, 760 RBIs, and has led the NL in homers three times.

Arenado struggled in the short season last year by posting a .253 average with just eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 48 games.

However, there is no reason to be concerned as he has a track record of being a fantastic hitter.

The Cardinals will have a potent lineup with Arenado and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

As for the Rockies, it is tough to understand what they are doing.

They signed their franchise player to a massive deal, and then years later, he gets traded.

Philadelphia Phillies Sign Catcher J.T. Realmuto to Five-Year Contract

The Philadelphia Phillies accomplished an important goal this offseason as they have signed catcher J.T. Realmuto to a five-year, $115.5-million contract, per Craig Mish of MLB Network.

Realmuto’s deal has an average annual value of $23.1 million, which is the largest for a catcher in MLB history, says Mish.

The deal also includes deferred money, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Before Realmuto’s deal, Brian McCann signing a five-year, $85-million contract with the New York Yankees in 2013 was the largest for a free-agent catcher.

However, Joe Mauer agreeing to an eight-year, $184-million extension with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 remains the most guaranteed money for a catcher.

Realmuto has been solid in two seasons with the Phillies by compiling a .273 batting average and .825 OPS in 192 games with 36 home runs and 115 RBIs within that period.

He provides more value with his defensive skills as a catcher, so he commanded a large contract.

New York Mets Trade Starting Pitcher Steven Matz to Toronto Blue Jays

The New York Mets have traded left-handed pitcher Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mets received three right-handed pitchers in Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz, and Josh Winckowski.

Matz struggled the last two years with the Mets as he posted a 5.09 ERA in 191 innings pitched (36 starts) with 189 strikeouts, 5.11 FIP, 1.39 WHIP, and 41 home runs allowed.

The Mets traded Matz to get some salary relief and create an opening in their starting rotation.

The left-hander will make $5.2 million in 2021.

Matz’s salary might not seem too high, but the savings are crucial for a Mets team that wants to sign starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and not exceed the luxury-tax threshold by a wide margin.

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