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Dodgers Rumors: The Cardinals are Selling at the Trade Deadline, It’s Time for Nolan Arenado to Come Home to LA

The St. Louis Cardinals have finally decided to wave the white towel, as the team’s president of baseball operations, John Mozeliak, announced that the team will, in fact, be sellers at this year’s trade deadline.

He said he didn’t know if it would be household names or guys on expiring contracts, but he made it clear that this year is a wash, and the team is looking ahead to 2024.

The Cardinals have tons of great options that the Dodgers could target this deadline, which I’ll discuss in another article. But in this one, I want to hone in on one guy, and that’s Nolan Arenado.

I want to start by saying Arenado seems unlikely to be traded at the deadline, and especially to LA. However, he did tell Jon Heyman of the New York Post earlier this week that he wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.

“It is a business, right?” Arenado said. “I’ve been traded once … I think that shocked a lot of people at that time. I guess it doesn’t surprise me anymore what happens in this game. It would still be surprising seeing some things happen. But I understand there are certain things that probably should.”

So, it sounds like he’s ready for anything, which means a trade could be on the table. And if Arenado is moved, the Dodgers would not only be the best landing spot for him, but they would also be able to put together the greatest package to St. Louis.

Arenado is an eight-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and a six-time Platinum Glove Award winner at third base. He has a career OPS of .879 and a career bWAR of 53.5 in 1,470 games, and seems to be on a Hall of Fame trajectory.

The Dodgers have a clear need at third base right now with Max Muncy struggling, and he could move back to second base with Miguel Vargas now back in Triple-A. Arenado would bring instant offense and the highest level of defense to the Dodgers and, in my opinion, make them World Series favorites.

On the year, Arenado is slashing .283/.332/.518 with 19 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He was named an All-Star for the eighth consecutive year, as 2020 didn’t have an All-Star Game.

Additionally, Arenado is one of the most likable guys in the MLB, and has been a great teammate in both Colorado and St. Louis.

Finally, Arenado is on a very reasonable deal for the next five years, as this offseason he opted into the remaining five years and $144 million on his deal. The All-MLB caliber player wouldn’t be too much of a strain on the finances, and would be the perfect cornerstone player alongside Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith.

And for what it’s worth, Arenado, who spent eight years in the NL West with the Colorado Rockies, has 17 career home runs at Dodger Stadium, and a .827 OPS against LA.

If he’s on the table, the Dodgers should go all in on making him their third baseman of the future. This would be the type of all-in move that LA needs to catapult them to the top of the National League this year.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. Agree 100% Do whatever it takes to get Arenado. Muncy is terrible at third, passable at second. Even if they don’t get Ohtani, this is the move that needs to be done. Another starter would be icing on the cake but Arenado puts them back on top for however long he is a Dodger..
    Sure that it won’t happen jnstead it will most likely be more Jake Maraschinos…

  2. The Cardinals gm and owners have flat out said they are NOT trading or even discussing Arenado. Maybe you should do your homework before writing clickbait blog posts. Calling this an article or you a journalist is an insult to both of those things.

    1. Do not trade Arenado fire Mo he knew we needed new pitching and did nothing for the last2 years

  3. This is a very good idea. His salary of $29 million/year for 5 years is high but not exorbitant. Move Muncy to 2d base. Move Betts to shortstop. Do plenty of left/right platooning in the outfield. Get Ohtani. Have JD Martinez play left field sometimes to allow Ohtani to be P/DH 4 out of 5 days.

    ss Betts, DH Ohtani, 3B Arenado, 1B Freedman, c Will Smith, LF Martinez/Peralta, 2b Muncy, rf/cf Outman/Taylor/Heyward and 2 more players for 13

    That would be a pretty good lineup

    1. LOL! this might happen on PlayStation but not in reality… and Friedman would never pull the trigger on this

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