There are many bold moves in baseball. The 3-1 slider, the hit-and-run, or the suicide squeeze. These occur are on the field but there are other bold moves that occur in the front office, with paperwork and meetings instead of leather and pine tar.
Nelson had earned the third base spot last year as he hit .301 in the second half of the season. Nelson’s luke warm .242 average in April and his 0 home runs lead the Rockies to move to Arenado as they carried a, NL West best record, 15-10.
The move signifies that although the season is young, the Rockies are striving to contend now. Arenado is 22 years old and was blistering AAA pitching though 18 games hitting .364 with 3 homers.
Nelson has never shown the capacity for power and seemed to be limited at the corner defensively.
The Colorado front office went a step farther as they traded Nelson soon after he was designated for the minors to the Yankees for a player to be named and cash considerations. This ended the debate of whether or not Arenado was the everyday third basemen. This decision must have been tough, Nelson was one of the popular players on the team and was often recognized for his positive attitude.
The Rockies hope the addition of Arenado will not only add pop to the already dangerous lineup but also add defensive efficiency where team has struggled, 17 errors in 28 games.
Arenado has worked in previous years on his defense with fellow California-native, Troy Tulowitzki.
Arenado began his career with a nightmare road trip from Tucson to Phoenix that ended in a 0-3 debut day. He followed that by a homecoming to Dodger Stadium. The rookie delivered a 3-6 day and knocked his first ever MLB home run in front of dozens of friends and family.
Various projections and scout chatter project Arenado’s numbers to be in the .280 15-25 HR range. Last year at this time we were introduced to Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, Rockies fans can hope that Arenado will recreate that rookie magic.
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