Trade Value in MLB

Nicholas Ultman

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One of Major League Baseball’s superstars, third baseman Nolan Arenado, was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week. The Rockies handed Arenado and $50 million to the Cardinals in exchange for one major league ready pitcher and four other prospects. Usually when trading a superstar, teams want to get a major league ready prospect that can contribute right away. However, Arenado is not the first superstar player to get traded for, at the moment, practically nothing. This got me wondering why baseball superstars seemingly get traded for very little in comparison to other sports.


First, we need to talk about some recent baseball examples. Arenado is one of the three superstars to get shipped off in the last calendar year. The other two are outfielder Mookie Betts and shortstop Fransico Lind