Is it time to give Nolan Arenado an extension?
Nolan Arenado is coming off an outstanding season, where he hit .287/.323/.575 with 42 homers and 130 RBIs. Arenado, who turns 25 in mid-April, has quickly solidified himself as one of the best all around players in baseball. With Tulowitzki gone, and CarGo looking like he is next in line to leave, it appears that Nolan Arenado is the new face of the franchise.
Arenado has four years of club control left, but surely the Rockies want him around much longer than that. The Rockies and Arenado avoided arbitration a few days ago, when they agreed to a $5M salary for the 2016 season. Giving Arenado an extension this offseason would take care of the final three years of arbitration.
I would have to imagine an Arenado extension would be a bit higher than the nearly $160 million dollars over ten years that was given to Troy Tulowitzki. But, if you wait until Arenado gets close to free agency, he could be reluctant to agree to an extension, and be more interested in seeing what he could get on the free agent market. The Rockies need to at least entertain the thought of locking up Arenado for the long haul.