Adam Wainwright says Nolan Arenado posted videos of the Rockies’ possible trade with the Cardinals
The trade rumors linking Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals have been going on for many years, before the Cardinals and Rockies finally agreed on a deal that ended on February 1st.
The Cardinals ’interest in the All-Star third base was not a big secret sector; for the needs of the club, it looks perfect for a long time – the third heir to the Gold Glove, the most powerful order of the heart – for the needs of the club. What we didn’t know, until Thursday evening, was how much interest they had in each other, how much they wanted to be Cardinal Arenado.
In the eighth inning, Arenado’s two-season draw helped the Cardinals win a 3-1 win over the Brewers in their 2021 home debut on Thursday – the kind of home debut all players dream of joining a new club – St. Louis. Beginner Louis Wainwright Louis spoke to the media in a Zoom call.
Wainwright started and raised five single-run baseball innings and, of course, asked several questions about Arenado. He told a little story.
“For the past year or two, (Arenado) has been sending me videos when he was trying to negotiate here,” Wainwright said.
Let’s stop here for a second. Um … wow. That is a revelation. Let’s not be naive and pretend that things like this don’t happen, but it’s amazing to hear.
“He said, ‘Hey, show it to Mo,'” Wainwright said. “And, in the middle of the season, he was throwing the ground balls down to the third baseline and almost making a small jump through the holes, making the perfect shot one after the other.”
“Mo,” of course, is John Cardelia, president of the Cardinals in baseball operations. It has been the organization’s main decision-maker for more than a decade (apart from the property group, of course). He is the one who eventually built the trade that was considered a massive robbery for the cardinals.
That can’t be fun to read for Rockies fans who were thinking about playing for their star player at another club. And it’s fair to say that these people in the Colorado office, owner Charlie Monfort and CEO Jeff Bridich, are surely quite angry with the revelation.
Let’s be clear: there’s no evidence that these out-of-season text messages had any effect on Arenado’s effort or production for the Rockies. Wainwright said “last year or two,” so let’s look at the previous two years.
In 2019, Arenado achieved the highest careers in bWAR (7.3), OPS (.962) and average (.315), while running 41 home races and driving 118th. He was All-Star for the fifth year in a row, won the Golden Glove for the seventh year in a row and finished sixth in the NL MVP vote.
And, yes, Arenado’s 2020 season didn’t live up to its standards, but it still produced 1.5 bWARs and got eight home runs in 48 games while playing through a shoulder problem that crushed a lot of its power. The Rockies eventually shut it down “Inflammation of the left AC joint and bruising of the left shoulder bone.” Yikes.
So the question is: what did Wainwright do with those posts in the Arena? Did he send them to Mozeliak at the organizational level?
“Oh, yes. I always sent it, ”he said with a laugh. “I always said, ‘Hey, I know you have a plan and you’re working on some things, but every time you send it to me, I have to fulfill my task and send it to you.’ It seems like Mo was understanding that.”
Arenado’s turn to Zoom was ahead of Wainwright’s turn, so the media didn’t have a chance to ask Arenado about text messages. Arenado spoke of his excitement, playing as a cardinal at Busch Stadium for the first time and calling for a draw after a draw in the eighth inning.
“This was one of the biggest moments,” Arenado said with a big smile. “I was lucky to go home a couple, once I went home in the cycle, and that probably prevails a little bit. But I never got a curtain call. It was unbelievable to get one of them. He never had. I was very happy.”
When Wainwright heard the “never call curtain” thing, “Wow.” He whispered. That’s hard to believe, ”said journalist St. Louis Frederickson of St. Louis. Louis Post-Dispatch, even before he finishes asking his question.
“It’s really hard to believe that’s his first curtain call,” Wainwright said. “He’s done a lot of good things in the baseball world, so it’s very hard to believe that. He’s going to get a lot here.”
Arenado is 1-1 so far – in the home races and curtain calls that have won Busch’s game. And, it seems to be a true statement, even though curtain calls have a long tradition in St. Louis, driven by a variety of reasons.
“He’s so focused on being a world champion St. Louis Cardinals player that you can’t even believe it,” Wainwright said. “The guy eats baseball, sleeps, drinks and breathes. He wants to win as badly as anyone else and I want to win here. We are happy to be him. He is the winning player.
“We’ve been with him for two months, not even maybe, and I feel like he’s been here for 10 years. He fits in very well in this clubhouse. ”