There are plenty of free agents set to hit the market leaving Dodgers fans drooling for potential suitors, but one big name has decided not to opt out of his contract. That man is Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Among third baseman during the regular season, Arenado ranked in the top five in hits (145), batting average (.289), doubles (37), home runs (28), and RBI’s (93). The Dodgers infield may be shaken up with Justin Turner and Gavin Lux‘s futures on the team remaining uncertain.
Nolan Arenado has decided not to opt out, the non-move that’s been expected. Has $144M and 5 years left. Loves St. Louis. @katiejwoo on it
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2022
Arenado would’ve fit nicely into the Dodgers scheme, but now the Dodgers can focus their attention elsewhere with other big names heading into the market. Fortunately, or unfortunately, they don’t have to look very far as Trea Turner continues to circulate through free agency rumors.
Turner brings an added edge to the Dodgers and is one of the best shortstops in the game. Turner undoubtably will make huge money this coming off-season and has also expressed interest of returning to the east coast.
With Arenado off the table, the Dodgers should focus their attention on Turner while Aaron Judge remains a name to talk about. Speculations still remain on who the Dodgers value more, but with that in mind it’s highly unlikely both can be obtained.
A lot of unanswered questions should be fulfilled in the near future as rumors start spilling over with who the Dodgers are aiming for. Soon enough fans will discover where the Dodgers values lie.
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