Why would any­one be in a rush to trade Are­nado?

Read­ers talk and colum­nist Mark Kiszla re­sponds

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Mark Kiszla: mk­is­zla@den­ver­post.com or @markkis­zla

Yan­kees, go home. You can kiss third base­man Nolan Are­nado gone from Colorado! With the money the Rock­ies have tied up in their non­per­form­ing bullpen, the con­tract ex­ten­sion for 32-year-old Char­lie Black­mon and first base­man Ian Des­mond, Colorado will not be able to com­pete with any big-mar­ket team that shows in­ter­est in Are­nado when he be­comes a free agent af­ter the 2019 sea­son. I see Are­nado in Yan­kee pin­stripes.

Kiz: Now that Manny Machado is wear­ing Dodger blue, base­ball an­a­lysts are itch­ing to make Are­nado the most fre­quently men­tioned name in trade ru­mors. The eter­nally sunny staff here at Kickin’ It Head­quar­ters is in no hurry to run Are­nado out of town. We’re more in­ter­ested in see­ing him wear pur­ple pin­stripes in the play­offs, whether that’s in 2018 or 2019 (or both). Trade Are­nado in the off­sea­son? Well, any­thing’s pos­si­ble. But there would have to be an all-star player on the other side of the trade equa­tion for us to even con­sider the deal.

No help for QBS. Kiz, it’s amaz­ing how you never re­ally ac­knowl­edge what caused the Bron­cos’ three start­ing quar­ter­backs in 2017 to be “clue­less,” or what­ever deroga­tory word you fre­quently use for Trevor Siemian, Pax­ton Lynch and Brock Osweiler. If Tom Brady, Ben Roeth­lis­berger or Aaron Rodgers had to play be­hind last year’s of­fen­sive line with a slacker like De­mary­ius Thomas at wide receiver, while con­stantly deal­ing with mis­er­able field po­si­tion and a piti­ful head coach, they would have prob­a­bly looked just like Siemian, Lynch and Osweiler. You should give those three quar­ter­backs credit for not telling Vance Joseph, John El­way and you to take a foot­ball and put it where the sun don’t shine.

Ralph, Lake­wood

Kiz: With Min­nesota in town for an NFL ex­hi­bi­tion game, there has been a whole lot of nos­tal­gia for Siemian and Kyle Sloter, two fine young men the Vikings hope never see the field in 2018. Know one rea­son Case Keenum has drawn such rave re­views from coaches, play­ers and me­dia at Bron­cos train­ing camp? Keenum is no Tom Brady, but af­ter deal­ing with Siemian and Sloter, Denver fi­nally has a com­pe­tent NFL quar­ter­back.

Won­der­ful in Windy City. Stan Mikita and Ernie Banks were my he­roes grow­ing up as a kid in Chicago dur­ing the 1960s. Rest in peace, Stan.

Kiz: I’ve owned one replica jersey in my life: No. 21. Chicago Black­hawks. Stan Mikita. When a child­hood sports hero dies, a piece of your child­hood dies with him.

Not in the money. How can Rock­ies closer Wade Davis pick up his pay­check and not feel guilty? Thank good­ness for di­rect de­posit.

Kiz: Many of my fine mil­len­nial friends have no idea what the in­side of a brick-and-mor­tar bank looks like. Cool by me. I go for the free cook­ies and cof­fee.

Nazty prob­lem? And to­day’s part­ing shot of­fers an ex­cuse to the ballplayer for­merly known as Chuck Nazty, whose wins above re­place­ment (WAR) ranks 171st among Na­tional League play­ers, with a score of 0.9.

Char­lie Black­mon would be un­der less scru­tiny if the Rock­ies won all the games the ’pen has lost.

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