The plan is to keep them. Next year, yes. And my plan is to always keep them. Is that the smartest thing in the world to do? I don’t know. But for our fans I think it’s the best thing to do.
Tulowitzki is signed through 2018, and will earn $20 million per year beginning in 2015 (his salary for next year is $16 million). Gonzalez is signed through 2017, and his salary will escalate each year between now and then – from close to $11 million in 2014 to a shade over $20 million in 2017.
Colorado’s owner may have a “plan” that includes keeping both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez, but that doesn’t mean the future of either of those players is set in stone.
Dick Monfort is the owner of the ballclub, not the general manager. That distinction belongs to Dan O’Dowd.
It’s been reported for months that the Rockies could look to deal Tulowitzki and/or Gonzalez to bolster their club, free up money, and help facilitate the rebuilding process. Monfort’s “plan” to keep them shouldn’t lead people to believe that the possibility of Tulowitzki and/or Gonzalez getting dealt is off the table.