DENVER — The news Colorado Rockies fans were dreading for days is finally official.
Nolan Arenado is no longer a member of the team.
The Rockies officially announced the Arenado trade on Monday night, saying the team had sent the All-Star and "cash considerations" to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for five players. Multiple reports say the cash is $50M heading from Colorado to St. Louis along with Arenado.
In the deal the Rockies acquired infielder Mateo Gil, left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Tony Locey, infielder Elehuris Montero and right-handed pitcher Jake Sommers from St. Louis.
Of the five players, only Gomber has MLB experience. He went 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA for St. Louis in 29 innings during the league's shortened 60-game season in 2020.
The other prospects all didn't play baseball in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All four have minor league experience, but none were rated as top-5 prospects in the St. Louis organization.
Arenado signed a $260 million, eight-year deal with Colorado in February 2019 and is owed $199 million for the six remaining seasons. He can opt-out of the deal after the 2021 season.
The 29-year-old has eight Gold Glove Awards, the most of any player in franchise history. He's also a five-time All-Star.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort and General Manager Jeff Bridich discussed the trade in a Tuesday press conference.
> Watch the full press conference below:
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