Nine miles apart, two superstars started spring training by answering the same questions about a winter filled with trade rumors. But the vibe in the responses given by Nolan Arenado at Rockies camp and Kris Bryant as the Cubs opened spring training couldn't have been more different.
The reason? One would love to stay where he is, while the other has more than intimated a change in address might be best.
"I don't hold grudges," Arenado said after reporting to camp. "That's not really me. I'm also here and also have to be who I am and stand up for what I believe in.
"I'm committed. I'm committed here. I'm here and ready to go out there and play hard. I'm not going to be a negative presence in that locker room."
Arenado spoke through clenched teeth, in the hallway at the Rockies' spring facility, answering questions about his disconnect with team management. He hasn't exactly asked for a trade, at least not publicly. Not long ago, Arenado thought the Rockies were headed in the right direction when he signed an eight-year, $260 million contract before the 2019 season. Colorado was coming off a 91-win season and back-to-back playoff berths for the first time in franchise history.
That all changed in 2019, when the Rockies' win total plummeted to 71. An opt-out following the 2021 season has given Arenado some leverage -- and possibly a ticket out of town via trade.