Nolan Arenado is still on the trade block, if you believe the latest rumors, and even if you don't, it's clear that his frosty relationship with the team and its relatively weak outlook for the immediate future has made a dissolution of their partnership seem imminent for some time.

It's a complicated scenario, between his remaining contract ($199 million through 2027), his ability to opt out (after 2021), his full no-trade clause, the shoulder injury that marred his 2020 offensive performance, what the Rockies may require in return and the external factors of pandemic economics and the looming expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, one year from now. It might be enough to prevent any move from actually happening.

All of that is a lot more than we can unravel today, so let's get to something a lot simpler, something that seems to come up every time we talk about the possible departure of a Rockies hitting star: No, he's not good simply because he plays in Coors Field.

You would have thought that the recent experience of DJ LeMahieu would have put an end to this, but apparently not. LeMahieu, you might remember, had regularly large home/road splits as a Rockie, culminating in a 2018 where he hit .317/.360/.433 at home, but a mere .229/.277/.422 on the road. That left so many worrying that his mediocre road line was "who he really was." LeMahieu, of course, went to the Yankees and hit .336/.386/.536 across two years, collecting MVP votes in each season. Not a product of Coors, right?