OFFICIAL: Rockies Trade Arenado To Cardinals For Five Players

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hits a sacrifice fly against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 22, 2020. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)s

It's a done deal.

Monday, the Colorado Rockies officially traded five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for five players.

The Rockies will also include $50 million.

Colorado acquires left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber and four minor leaguers. They include infielders Elehuris Montero and Mateo Gil and right-handed pitchers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers.

The trade came into focus on Friday night and Monday, the teams finalized the terms and Arenado gave his consent, which was needed given the no-trade clause in his deal.

Arenado signed an eight-year $260 million contract with the Rockies before the 2019 season. But a disappointing July in that season and then another rough year in the abbreviated 2020 helped precipitate Arenado's departure.

Both during the 2019 season and before the 2020 season began, Arenado expressed frustration that the organization did not do more to acquire players and build a contender.

Arenado departs the Rockies having won the National League Gold Glove award at third base in each of his eight seasons. He hit 235 home runs and racked up 760 RBIs.


DENVER– The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have acquired infielder Mateo Gil, left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Tony Locey, infielder Elehuris Montero and right-handed pitcher Jake Sommers from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for third baseman Nolan Arenado and cash considerations.
•   Gil, 20, did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic … in 53 total games in 2019, including 51 at Rookie Level Johnson City, batted .262 (55-for-210) with eight doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 30 RBI … in 98 career games across two professional seasons, has batted .257 (98-for-381) with 14 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 50 RBI … was originally selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of Timber Creek High School in Keller, Texas.
•   Gomber, 27, made 14 appearances (including four starts) for the Cardinals in the 60-game 2020 season and went 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA (29.0 IP, 6 ER), 15 walks and 27 strikeouts … in his four starts, went 1-0 and combined to allow one run on 11 hits (15.2 IP), with six walks and 17 strikeouts … made his Major League debut for St. Louis on June 2, 2018 vs. Pittsburgh and has combined to go 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA (104.0 IP, 43 ER), 47 walks and 94 strikeouts across 43 Major League games with 15 starts … as a starter, he is 6-2 with a 3.47 ERA (72.2 IP, 28 ER), 28 walks and 70 strikeouts … in his career as reliever, he is 1-1 with a 4.31 ERA (31.1 IP, 15 ER), 19 walks and 24 strikeouts … in parts of five Minor League seasons, has gone 43-22 with a 3.01 ERA (523.0 IP, 175 ER), 157 walks and 526 strikeouts, and was named an Organization All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2015-17) … was originally selected by St. Louis out of Florida Atlantic University in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
•   Locey, 22, did not pitch in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic … in his first professional in 2019, went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA (17.0 IP, 10 ER), 12 walks and 31 strikeouts in 12 total appearances between the GCL Cardinals and Low-A Peoria … was originally selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.
•   Montero, 22, did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic … in 63 total games between Double-A Springfield (59 games) and the GCL Cardinals (four games) in 2019, batted .188 (42-for-224) with eight doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI … was named the Low-A Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 2018 after batting .322 (123-for-382) with 28 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 69 RBI … has batted .269 (362-for-1347) with 84 doubles, seven triples, 32 home runs and 192 RBI in 360 career games across five professional seasons … the Santo Domingo Central, Dominican Republic native was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted international free agent on Aug. 29, 2014.
•   Sommers, 22, did not pitch in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic … in his first professional season in 2019, went 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA (51.2 IP, 24 ER), 19 walks and 55 strikeouts across 10 starts and two relief appearances with Rookie Level Johnson City … was originally selected by St. Louis in the 10th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
•   Arenado, 29, is a five-time All-Star (2015-19), eight-time Gold Glove winner (2013-20), four-time Platinum Glove winner (2017-20) and four-time Silver Slugger winner (2015-18) … batted .253 (46-for-182) with 23 runs, nine doubles, eight home runs, 26 RBI, 15 walks and 20 strikeouts in 2020 … made his Major League debut for the Rockies on April 28, 2013 vs. Arizona and in parts of eight seasons with Colorado batted .293 (1,206-for-4,118) with 649 runs, 262 doubles, 27 triples, 235 home runs, 760 RBI, 16 stolen bases, 362 walks and 684 strikeouts … since 2015, he leads the Major Leagues with 647 RBI, 427 extra-base hits, 1,814 total bases, 153 go-ahead RBI and 85 game-winning RBI while ranking second in home runs (207) and fifth in hits (952) … his eight Gold Gloves are the most in franchise history, and he is the second player in Major League history to win eight or more consecutive Gold Gloves to begin his career (also: Ichiro Suzuki, 10 consecutive).
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

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