Any hope of the Braves trading for star third basemen Nolan Arenado to fill the void left by Josh Donaldson’s departure appears to have dwindled.
Rockies GM Jeff Bridich says nothing has come from discussions with other teams so he’s closing the market for the all-star corner infielder.
The Braves were reportedly among the teams inquiring about the seven-time Gold Glove winner.
“We have listened to teams regarding Nolan and really nothing has come of it. We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected — with Nolan in the purple and black and as our third baseman,” Bridich told the Denver Post. “So we can put this to bed and collectively look forward to the upcoming season and work toward that.”
Arenado, 28, is owed $234 million of an eight-year, $260 million deal signed last February.
He told the Denver Post Monday he felt “disrespected” by Colorado’s position. He would not elaborate.
The 34-year-old Donaldson agreed to a four-year deal with Minnesota earlier this month, opening an enormous power gap down South. The Braves are likely to explore the outfield market and platoon Johan Camargo and Austin Riley at third.
Time may be running out. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than a month, Feb. 12.
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