Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and his agent will have a meeting on Thursday, at which point they will decide whether or not to ask for a trade. At this point, the likely conclusion of the meeting will result in the 10-year veteran requesting a change of venue. Although often injured and owed nearly $118 million over the next six years, Tulowitzki is expected to draw some serious interest from teams in need of an upgrade at short. If he does ask for a trade, would the Rockies trade Tulowitzki to the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners or New York Yankees?
The Yankees may be the preferred destination for Tulo but, the interest does not appear to be mutual. Not at this point, at least.
The Mets are certainly a team loaded with potential. They are also a team with some injury-prone stars already on the roster. Right, David Wright? While acquiring a player of his caliber would make for a huge splash, it may not make sense for a team on the rise with some top-notch young pitching.
The Padres and Mariners are still doing everything possible to throw money at their problems on offense. San Diego has already done a lot by acquiring Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers last offseason, while the Mariners got a huge steal by signing Nelson Cruz. Still, Tulowitzki would be a nice addition for either team toward the beginning of either lineup.
The Pirates may have enough young talent to pull off a trade for Tulowitzki but, the price tag is going to be a huge obstacle. The Rockies may have to pay a decent amount of his remaining contract in order to finalize a deal with Pittsburgh.
Ultimately, I do expect the Rockies to trade Tulowitzki at some point, sooner rather than later. It is in the team’s best interest. Sure, he is a great player but, he carries a massive contract and finds himself on the disabled list far too often. The Roxkies should deal him before another major injury sidelines him for a long period of time, thus driving down his price to interested teams.