Interested parties should take note: The increasingly tumultuous relationship between the Rockies and their All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado appears to be getting even, err, rockier.
On Monday evening, the Denver Post reported that Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich was no longer fielding offers for Arenado, who signed an eight-year, $260 million extension with the team prior to last season.
"With the season coming up and spring training on the horizon, we are going to start focusing on that," Bridich said. "We have listened to teams regarding Nolan and really nothing has come of it. We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected -- with Nolan in the purple and black and as our third baseman.
"So we can put this to bed and collectively look forward to the upcoming season and work toward that."
The Rockies might be willing to move on, but one person who doesn't appear to be ready to do that is Arenado himself. And that could potentially change things.
"I really don't care what's being said," Arenado told the Denver Post after he heard Bridich's remarks. "I just know that I feel disrespected over there."
If the Mets balked at what Colorado was asking for in December when trade rumors initially surfaced, it's possible that Arenado's unhappiness may force the Rockies to return to the negotiating table. Whether or not it's Brodie Van Wagenen on the other side of that table, whoever the organization is talking to will know the Rockies are in a much worse spot than they were before with regards to their prized third baseman.
Arenado also indicated there's more to his frustration than just the trade talks, but declined to elaborate on what exactly that might be.
This isn't the first time Arenado has expressed his displeasure with the organization. The five-time All-Star signed his big extension following two straight trips to the postseason with the Rockies in 2017 and 2018.
But the team took a step back in 2019 and finished 71-91, the fourth-worst record in the National League.
"How do I evaluate this team? We're behind," Arenado told The Denver Post in mid-September. "We're going to lose close to 90-some games. And that wasn't the plan when I signed, that wasn't the goal."
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that it's "increasingly clear" that Arenado wants out of Colorado, and likens the messy scenario to one which saw another superstar make his way to New York at a discounted trade price.
This has a chance to get very ugly.- Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 21, 2020
It's becoming increasingly clear Nolan Arenado wants out of Colorado. Which could take away the leverage the Rockies might have had in trade talks before Arenado went public.
This is beginning to resemble the Giancarlo Stanton mess in Miami. https://t.co/laOc6qNbOS