Rockies’ Arenado heads toward hefty contract

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t reach an agreement with the club on Friday but there remains a possibility the two sides can avoid an arbitration hearing, ESPN reported.

Arenado, 27, is reportedly requesting $30 million in arbitration, with the Rockies countering at $24 million. ESPN reported the two sides will likely settle in the $27 million range.

Either way, Arenado is set to exceed the $23 million that Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays settled on last year.

Arenado, a four-time All-Star, made $17.75 million last season. He led the National League with 38 homers in 2018 and batted .297 with 110 RBIs.

Among other players who didn’t agree to deals on Friday include right-hander Gerrit Cole and shortstop Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer also remained without deals.

The 28-year-old Cole went 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 32 starts, while the 24-year-old Correa batted just .239 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 110 games.

The 25-year-old Nola went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA in 33 starts and finished third in the National League Cy Young balloting. Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts, and the 27-year-old Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA in 28 appearances (27 starts).