Why would anyone be in a rush to trade Arenado?
Readers talk and columnist Mark Kiszla responds
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.
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.