Report: Rockies willing to listen on Tulo, CarGo

The Rockies might finally be willing to part ways with their two biggest stars, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Wednesday night that the Rockies are “keeping their ‘eyes and ears open'” regarding trades involving Tulowitzki and Gonzalez. While that’s not a declaration that the Rockies are absolutely going to sell one or both players, it’s a change in tone for the club.

MLB.com’s Rockies reporter Thomas Harding indicated earlier this week that ownership is hesitant to move the two cornerstones, but according to Rosenthal, “team officials finally seem to have persuaded owner Dick Monfort to consider all possibilities.”

Both players are coming off season-ending surgeries, which presents an obvious challenge for the Rockies. Is this the best time to trade them — when their trade value is presumably less than what it could be — or should they wait until they’re obviously healthy? Not to mention the fact that their recent injuries make it a daunting task for any interested teams: How do you put together an offer without knowing exactly what you’re getting back in return?

With Tulo, are we talking about the best shortstop in baseball, or the injury-prone player who hasn’t played more than 126 games since 2011? Same goes for Gonzalez, who has only played 180 games over the last two seasons combined.

Their contracts could prove to be another obstacle. Gonzalez, 29, is owed $16 million in 2015, $17 million in ’16 and $20 million in ’17. Tulowitzki, who just turned 30, is still owed $20 million per year until 2019, with another $14 million in 2020 and a $15 million option (or $4 million buyout) in 2021.

Their injury histories and prohibitive contracts and the Rockies’ assumedly high asking price will limit the market of interested buyers. But both players are enormously talented, and for the first time, it seems like they might be a realistic option for interested teams.

-Adam Berry

1 Comment

The Yankees need a shortstop.

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