Names discussed in Cards' Arenado bid (source)

January 14th, 2020

The Cardinals and Rockies have begun exchanging names in their discussions about a blockbuster trade involving superstar , one source told on Tuesday.

While it’s too early to tell if there is momentum toward a deal, the source said negotiations have advanced beyond a preliminary stage.

In order to move Arenado, the Rockies are insisting on a package that includes a combination of Major League talent and at least one prospect.

Colorado has interest in St. Louis right-hander , who went 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) last year, but Rockies officials are wary of Hudson’s MLB-high walk total. There is no indication that the Cardinals are willing to include star right-hander in a proposal for Arenado.

The Rockies also are expected to ask for at least one of the Cardinals’ top four prospects, as ranked by MLB Pipeline: outfielder , third baseman , left-hander (acquired from the Rays last week) or catcher .

While St. Louis veteran is one candidate to be included in the deal -- based on his ability to play either infield corner in Colorado -- the Rockies don’t appear to be mandating his inclusion.

Arenado is owed $234 million over the next seven years, and a separate source said the Cardinals are concerned about the opt-out he has following the 2021 season. The Cardinals likely would ask Arenado to waive the opt-out clause as a condition of the trade, possibly in exchange for adding more guaranteed money to the contract.

Arenado has a full no-trade clause but is said to be intrigued by the opportunity to play for a team with the most World Series titles of any National League franchise. Arenado’s strong relationship with St. Louis first baseman -- with whom he won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2017 World Baseball Classic -- contributes to Arenado’s openness to approving a deal to the Cardinals.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Cardinals have had interest in trading for Arenado for more than a year. Arenado, 28, has won seven NL Gold Glove Awards at third base and been selected to five All-Star teams. Industry sources consider him more likely to be dealt in the coming weeks than fellow stars Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor.