Arenado indicated Tuesday that he planned to meet with general manager Jeff Bridich after the star third baseman expressed discontent with the direction of the Rockies during the offseason, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. "People are putting a light on us, saying, 'Nolan and the GM aren't talking.' But the GM doesn't come around a lot. It's no different this year than how it/s been every other year," Arenado said of his relationship with Bridich. "I think when we start trimming down the roster, then we can start having talks and see what we can do." Jeff Passan of ESPN.com first put a spotlight on Arenado's dissatisfaction with the franchise back in January, with the Rockies' lack of activity on the open market this winter representing the main source of his frustration less than a year after he inked a $260 million contract extension. While Arenado has since walked back some of his criticisms of Rockies management, Passan reported Monday that "the relationship is broken," and a trade is "inevitable." Whether any trade happens in 2020 is less certain, but while he remains in Colorado, Arenado shapes up as a solid selection at the back end of the first round or early in the second round of fantasy drafts. Over each of the past five seasons, Arenado has posted a batting average no worse than .287 while providing at least 37 home runs, 97 runs and 110 RBI.
Arenado (side) is not in Sunday's lineup against the Brewers. As expected, he will be unable to make it back before the end of the regular season. Ryan McMahon is starting at third base and hitting cleanup.
Manager Bud Black said Arenado (side) "probably won't play" in Sunday's season finale versus the Brewers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Arenado was withheld from Saturday's starting nine due to side soreness, and it's not a major surprise to see the team remaining cautious with its star third baseman for the final game of the season. Assuming he remains sidelined, the 28-year-old will finish 2019 with a .315/.379/.583 slash line with 41 home runs and 118 RBI in 155 games.
Arenado's absence from the lineup Saturday against the Brewers is due to side soreness, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The Rockies have nothing left to play for this season, so Arenado could sit Sunday as well, even if the injury is quite minor. If Arenado's season is indeed done, he'll end the year with career highs in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.379) and OPS (.962) while posting his lowest strikeout rate (14.0 percent) since 2014. His 41 homers are just one shy of his career high and represent the third time he's reached the 40-homer mark.
Arenado is not in the lineup Saturday against the Brewers. Arenado has posted typically strong numbers down the stretch, hitting .370/.469/.667 with four homers over his last 14 games. He'll get a rest Saturday, with Ryan McMahon sliding over to third base and Garrett Hampson starting at second.