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Outside The Confines: Nolan Arenado is worth how much?!

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Considering the trade, maybe the Cubs should have been in on this one.

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The easy joke (and you guys know I’m no stranger to making the easy joke) is to say the St. Louis Cardinals got Nolan Arenado for a handful of change and some unwrapped mints they found in the GM’s couch, because that’s certainly the way fans and writers seemed to react to the news as it hit.

Arenado, a five-time All-Star and defensive wunderkind, has spent his entire eight-year career in Colorado, but for at least half of that time has been plagued by rumors of an impending trade. At last, that trade happened on Friday evening, and the Rockies... well, the Rockies basically paid the Cardinals to take him.

The deal saw Arenado heading to St. Louis, along with $50 million. In doing so, he waived his no-trade agreement, suggesting what many had believed for some time: that he was ready to leave the Rockies. In return, the Rockies didn’t even touch any of the Cardinals top ten prospects (you can read more about the deal in the top links below.)

Needless to say, seems like perhaps more teams should have been lined up to get one of the best third basemen in baseball.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.