The rush to judgment has been considerable on the Nolan Arenado trade to the Cardinals, with one fringe pitcher and four minor leaguers going to Colorado. Some have called it the best fleecing since Brock for Broglio.
But the better way to judge these deals is to wait a few years, preferably until all involved have finished their careers with the respective teams involved in the trades.
It's similar to what the Cubs received from the Darvish trade, IMO. Won't really know for a few years yet. Right now, yeah, looks like a good trade for Cards, as it does for Padres. Time will tell.When I first read of the number of players St Lou gave up to get Arenado it reminded me of what Pete Rose called Von Hayes when he was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jay Baller, Julio Franco, Manny Trillo, George Vukovich and Jerry Willard. Pete called him, "Ol' 5 for 1." And said no one is worth 5 players no matter who they are. It made me chuckle.
With that here's a link to St Lou Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel talking about the best trades St Louis has made since he has been covering the team. (No Lou Brock as it was before his time.)