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Major League Baseball, Nolan Arenado,  Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, DBacks Moving?

February 27, 2020

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Nolan Arenado, wiping the sweat off his face after a rigorous workout, plops down in front of his locker, and for the next 40 minutes, talking in a soft, calm tone, tries to simplify his complicated relationship with the Colorado Rockies.

He doesn’t want to go into details, or ask you to take sides, but simply wants to convey his message in what’s looming as baseball’s ugliest divorce one year into their honeymoon.

A year ago, to the day Thursday, Arenado was sitting on a dais in front of the Rockies’ clubhouse, sandwiched between GM Jeff Bridich and owner Dick Monfort, signing a franchise-record eight-year, $260 million contract, making him a Rockie for life. Bob Nightengale | USA TODAY

In 2009, before he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout had committed to play baseball at East Carolina University. Because Trout has gone on to have the most historically significant career of his generation, that alternative history has always been delicious: What if he’d gone to college? How would it have changed the course of history, for Trout and the sport? How would it have changed our own lives?

That what-if exercise has become even more profound in the past few months because of one simple fact: Had he gone to college, it’s almost certain that Mike Trout would have been on the 2017 Houston Astros. And so? Sam Miller | ESPN.com

The 2020 MLB offseason delivered plenty of trades for baseball fans to enjoy. While the trade chatter will quiet down for a few weeks, there could be even more movement with MLB stars getting dealt this season.

After months of rumors floating about a blockbuster trade in the winter, the Boston Red Sox finally made things happen by dealing Mookie Betts. Now that one superstar is in a new home for the 2020 MLB season, the focus now shifts to other stars that might be moved.

We could potentially see more movement than in previous seasons. The growing trend of teams looking to trade stars rather than pay them with long-term extensions has opened the door to a potential wave of blockbuster trades. Matt Johnson | Sportsnaut

MLB is cracking down on use of foreign substances in 2020, reportedly moving forward with stricter enforcement on a rule that has long been understood among players as a gentlemen’s agreement.

Senior vice president Chris Young has spent spring training at league-wide camps in Arizona and Florida to tell teams that the league will enforce the rule for the upcoming season, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported Wednesday.

In simple terms, among other aspects, Rule 8.02 prohibits pitchers from doctoring the baseball with anything outside of the legal rosin bag. Article B notes that the offender shall be immediately ejected from the game and automatically suspended for 10 games. Garrett Stepien | SNY TV

The Arizona Diamondbacks sent officials to Vancouver twice in the past two years to check out possibly playing there as an emergency home, according to a report by The Athletic.

The report said that the team visited the Canadian city in 2018 amid concerns over the condition of Chase Field, where the team currently plays its games.

“While working at Major League Baseball, I provided the team with numerous possibilities, including Vancouver,” Joe Garagiola Jr., who is now special adviser to the Diamondbacks’ chief executive, said in a written statement to The Athletic. “Club executives visited there to determine the reality of making it a contingency plan.” Jeremy Cluff | The Republic

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