Cardinals Superstar “Wouldn’t Be Shocked” If He’s Traded

The St. Louis Cardinals have been a disaster this season. There's no two ways about it. They will be sellers at the trade deadline, with several pitchers being the most likely to be dealt.

But it might come as a surprise to learn that one of the team's superstars, Nolan Arenado, "wouldn’t be shocked if he’s traded," according to a report by Jon Heyman.

“It is a business, right?” Arenado said. “I’ve been traded once,” he continued. “I think that shocked a lot of people at that time. I guess it doesn’t surprise me anymore what happens in this game. It would still be surprising seeing some things happen. But I understand there are certain things that probably should.”

Arenado certainly hopes to stay in St. Louis. Last fall, he opted in to the final five years and $144 million remaining on his contract rather than test the free-agent market. 

The Cardinals are 38-52, 11 games out in the wild-card race, and there could be some carnage at the deadline. 

But Arenado has been a superstar in St. Louis, with three straight All-Star selections (including this season), two consecutive 30+HR, 100+ RBI seasons, and he's pretty on-pace again this year, with 19 long balls and 62 RBIs. 

But if the Cards really want to a re-set, nobody on the team would bring back more assets than the 10-time Gold Glover and 8-time All-Star.

"I try not to think about it,” Arenado said. “I understand what our position is. I understand things are probably going to happen. But until it involves me, I try not to give it too much thought.”

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