Jack Etkin/Forbes: Arenado Focused on What Happens on Field, Not Off
By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com
Third baseman Nolan Arenado reported to Rockies camp on schedule Sunday, met the media for 12 minutes and indicated that the turmoil of the offseason, while by no means relegated to the past, will not affect the daily business of spring training.
“I’m more concerned to play, to play hard and to play for my teammates and go out there and compete,” he said. “Obviously, there’s some things going on, but I’m not too worried about them. I’m worried about going out there, getting ready for the season and just doing the best I can.”
Arenado, who could have been a free agent after the 2019 season, instead signed an eight-year, $260 million contract extension last February. The Rockies had come off back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time in franchise history.
The team was young. The immediate future looked bright. Instead, the Rockies endured 91 losses last year, barely escaped last place in the National League West on the final day of the regular season and did not sign a minor league free agent over the winter or make a significant trade.
All of which perturbed Arenado, who went public with his displeasure and said he felt “disrespected,” in particular by general manager Jeff Bridich, who has declined to speak publicly about the situation with Arenado. Theirs is a tense relationship.