It’s a day of celebration for the Los Angeles Dodgers anytime a division rival trades away a premier player, and the Nolan Arenado deal is going to have repercussions within the NL West for years to come.
The Colorado Rockies traded Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, meaning that the Dodgers won’t have to worry about squaring off with Arenado quite as often for the foreseeable future.
There are undoubtedly many fanbases around the league wondering if their team could have gotten Arenado. Although rumors were linking the Dodgers to an Arenado trade, it always seemed somewhat dubious that the Rockies would trade Arenado to a division rival.
Even if the Dodgers were to have offered the best prospect package of any potential trade partner, the Rockies would have had to have been over-the-moon in love with the offer to stomach facing Arenado so often in a division rival’s uniform.
This trade development is an overwhelming win for everyone else in the NL West besides the Rockies. The Dodgers no longer have to worry about facing one of the best players in the league as often, and the Rockies are now significantly worse.
Arenado on the Dodgers would have made the Los Angeles lineup almost unfair for opposing teams, but the Dodgers can take solace in that they didn’t have to give up the types of intriguing prospects Arenado would have cost.
The Dodgers still look like the team to beat in all of baseball, the NL West got that much less intimidating, and the Dodgers don’t have to face Arenado as often anymore.
The Cardinals now look like much more of a legitimate playoff contender in the NL, though, and perhaps Arenado could do damage against the Dodgers come postseason time. That’s a conversation for a later date, however. For now, the rest of the NL West is breathing a collective sigh of relief.
For his career against the Dodgers, Arenado has put up good stats, hitting 28 HRs, 86 RBI, and a .849 OPS in 519 PA.
Getting him out of the division will make it that much easier for the Dodgers to continue this streak of NL West dominance, especially during their intra-division matchups against Colorado.
It’s unclear how the Rockies themselves will proceed after this debacle, and there are some crucial factors up in the air for them.
The rest of the league is now turning towards Trevor Story. It is interesting to ponder how this Arenado trade impacts his future with the Rockies.
Perhaps teams are beginning to flood the Rockies with trade offers for Story, or maybe the Rockies feel as though the Arenado trade now opens up money to retain Story long-term.
Whatever way that saga within the Rockies organization plays out from here, as things currently stand, the rest of NL West can give big thanks to the Rockies for sending a transcendent player out of the division.
The division got that much easier for the other four NL West teams to maneuver through. Arenado is now primarily a concern for the NL Central and not the NL West.