Reports: Mets still talking about Tulo trade
Amid a busy offseason full of major trades and transactions, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s name hasn’t come up too much. That changed Friday morning, when CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported that the Mets and Rockies have been “quietly discussing” a potential blockbuster involving the All-Star shortstop.
Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard would be the centerpiece of the Rockies’ return in such a deal, according to the report, but the trade would have to involve a package of young players to pry Tulowitzki away from Colorado.
It seems unlikely at this point that a deal will go down. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal cited a source saying there’s a “5 to 10 percent chance” a trade reaches the finish line.
The framework of such a deal would make sense for both sides. The Rockies could begin to rebuild by acquiring a high-end young pitcher — Syndergaard is ranked No. 10 on MLB.com’s list of top prospects — and the Mets certainly have the pitching depth to part with a player like Syndergaard while still bringing back Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.
And the Mets could use a shortstop, as they are currently slated to open the season with Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada. Tulowitzki would be a big-name, long-term solution at the position. Tulo is a career .299/.373/.517 hitter and a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he got off to an incredible start last season before hitting the disabled list.
And therein lies one of the biggest concerns for any team looking into acquiring Tulowitzki. He’s coming off hip surgery, and he’s averaged 88 games over the past three seasons. When healthy, Tulowitzki is one of the best players in the Majors. But has he been healthy often enough for a team to part with one of its top young assets, like Syndergaard?
Another obstacle standing in the way of a deal involving Tulowitzki is his salary, as he’s owed $118 million over the next six years. It’s not an unreasonable sum for a player of his caliber, if he’s healthy enough to play, but it’s a factor. Then again, the Dodgers and Padres just provided a potential blueprint for how to deal a well-paid veteran in the Matt Kemp trade.
The deal appears unlikely, and there are a lot of hurdles that would have to be cleared for it to happen. But it is still not entirely out of the question, it seems.