2021 Fantasy Baseball: Nolan Arenado Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals

by Jason Croft
2021 Fantasy Baseball Nolan Arenado

They actually did it. The Colorado Rockies have traded Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals. What impact will this have on the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season?

Still dependent on a vote by the MLB and players' union, on January 29th, 2021, Nolan Arenado and $50M were traded from the Colorado Rockies to the St Louis Cardinals for Austin Gomber, Luken Baker, Jhon Torres, and Angel Rondon/Jake Woodford.

Below we dive into the potential Fantasy impact Arenado makes for the Cardinals, as well as the ceilings for the newly acquired Rockies prospects.

2021 Fantasy Baseball: Nolan Arenado traded to the St. Louis Cardinals

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With the acquisition of Arenado, the Cardinals are in win-now mode. Arenado is a top tier third baseman and a potential Hall of Famer. With Paul Goldschmidt and Arenado at the corners, the Cardinals have a dangerous duo both defensively and offensively.

The home/away splits do not look good, but nobody will deny that Arenado is one of the best hitters in the game and should be able to adjust.

He is a career .278 hitter at Busch Stadium with a .511 SLG, .848 OPS and a .294 BABIP.

How will the Cardinals compete with the Dodgers and Padres? The Cardinals are likely a playoff team. Anything can happen in the playoffs, but they still need to make a few more moves to put themselves over the top.

The perennial All-Star has an opt-out clause after this season, but I doubt Arenado would turn down the $100+ million remaining on his contract but you never know. Otherwise, he is locked in for six more years and this is a steal for St. Louis.

Prospects

The Cardinals swindled this deal while being able to keep top prospects like Nolan Gorman and Jordan Walker.

The prospects St. Louis traded include RHP Angel Rondon, 1B Luken Baker, OF Jhon Torres, and LHP Austin Gomber.

The Rockies must have finally realized they aren't competing anytime soon. So while they were watching their purse, they should have/could have gotten a better return.

Gomber is a back end starter who may end up as a relief pitcher. The same can be said about Angel Rondon, but Rondon has a higher ceiling of a middle of the rotation starter.

Baker is a first baseman that may end up becoming a designated hitter if the National League decides to adopt and keep the DH.

Torres is a corner outfielder that could end up at 1B.

Torres and Baker both have above-average power. Coors Field will carry and may work well for both Baker and Torres power.

The Rockies also have Michael Toglia and other interesting prospects for Baker and Torres to compete with.

All four prospects are likely to be in the majors within the next two years. The Rockies are almost unpredictable with prospects and are a tough organization for prospects so keep that in mind.

Conclusion

The Cardinals willingly took on Arenado's contract, and they clearly won the trade.

Arenado's stats should likely stay around the same since I think he will adjust to Busch Stadium.

He is also arguably the best defensive 3B in the league.

Overall, A+ job for St. Louis. They won the trade and Cardinals fans should be happy.

The Rockies did not get a star prospect for Arenado which I think they could have done.


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