Is Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado a possible trade candidate? He said that the matter hasn't been brought up to him. Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports iJul 24, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals, annually one of Major League Baseball’s most consistent contenders, find themselves in the unusual position of seller heading into the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline. But at least one of the team’s star players hasn’t been talked to about a trade.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado would seem to be a logical trade candidate, but has a full no-trade clause. But while the no-trade clause does complicate matters but isn’t a roadblock. It can always be waived, which is what happened when the Cardinals acquired Arenado from the Colorado Rockies.

But after Friday’s loss to the Chicago Cubs, Arenado made it clear that he has not discussed waiving his no-trade clause with team president, John Mozeliak.

“I don’t know where those reports come from,” Arenado said, per Ben Fredrickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When Mo comes up to me and wants to have those conversations, we will have them.”

The notion of a trade is far from baseless. Mozeliak has said, in no uncertain terms, that trades are going to happen.

Additionally, Joel Wolfe, Arenado’s agent, has talked about a potential trade. He told’s Mark Feinsand that “the idea that Arenado would only waive his no-trade clause for the Dodgers was ‘inaccurate.'”

If Arenado is willing to waive his no-trade clause, he won’t lack for interested suitors. He’s an eight-time All-Star and hitting .284/.332/.517 with 22 home runs on the season. Arenado is also one of baseball’s best defensive players as he’s won 10 straight Gold Gloves and six straight Platinum Gloves.

[Ben Fredrickson, Mark Feinsand]

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