Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki recently said that he would be open to a trade that gets him out of Colorado. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there’s a chance Tulowitzki, who is tired of losing year after year in Colorado, will formally request a trade after the season is over:
Jun 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) stares at his bat in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 8-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
"Well, a deal probably will not happen before July 31, but no one should be surprised this offseason if Tulowitzki formally asks owner Dick Monfort to trade him.Tulowitzki loves Colorado. He understands the value of spending his career with one team. But how much longer can he stand losing? As one of his friends put it, ‘I think the guy is going to lose his mind.’"
The Rockies, due to directives from ownership, have not yet entertained serious trade proposals for either Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
However, Tulowitzki’s public comments and potential trade request would likely force their hand.
If Tulowitzki does become available via trade, he would be highly appealing to pretty much every team in baseball.
However, it will take a team with a need for a shortstop, an extremely strong farm system, and a payroll that’s able to take on Tulowitzki’s enormous contract in order for a deal to materialize.
The Mets are in need of a shortstop, and certainly have the pieces necessary to entice the Rockies. For an MVP-type player like Tulowitzki who will be entering his age 30 season, it makes sense to throw names like Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Dilson Herrera, and others around in discussions.
However, will the Mets, who have a payroll of roughly $85 million, have the wherewithal to absorb the $118 million left on Tulowitzki’s contract if it comes to it?
Additionally, will Tulowitzki, who’s tired of all the losing in Colorado, view the Mets as a legitimate contender starting in 2015?
Troy Tulowitzki is the type of player who can immediately legitimize the Mets – much like Mike Piazza did when he was acquired in 1998.
In other words, if Tulowitzki becomes available, the Mets need to answer the above questions and do everything in their power to obtain him.