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The Daily Chop: Cardinals land Nolan Arenado from Rockies

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Joc Pederson and Eddie Rosario also found new homes.

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One of the big dominoes of the offseason fell late Friday night with the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies reaching an agreement on a trade for third baseman Nolan Arenado. The deal is still pending approval and it may take several days to complete, but when the dust settles, The Cardinals will get Arenado and approximately $50 million from the Rockies for several lower level prospects.

While the Braves were rumored to have checked in on Arenado, a deal was never likely given that this was much more about taking on the financial commitment than it was about the return. That is something that the Atlanta has been reluctant to do recently. Not to mention, the Braves will also be looking a large multi-year extension for Freddie Freeman at some point in the near future.

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The Braves reportedly added another reliever to the mix signing former Cubs right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. to a minor league deal.

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The Chicago Cubs and outfielder Joc Pederson have an agreement on a one-year, $7 million deal for 2021.

Free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario is reportedly headed to Cleveland on a one-year deal that will pay him $8 million.

The Philadelphia Phillies have an agreement with left-hander Matt Moore on a one-year, $3 million deal. Moore went 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts in Japan last season.

Former Mets and Nationals slugger Daniel Murphy has announced his retirement after 12 seasons in the Majors.

The Cardinals are also expecting a decision from Yadier Molina soon with all signs pointing towards a return for the 38-year old catcher.