Speculation on Troy Tulowitzki’s future in Colorado has been running rampant ever since the Rockies’ disastrous 66-96 2014 season came to an end. Tulowitzki is currently in the midst of rehabbing a surgically repaired torn labrum in his right hip; the latest ailment in a long line of injuries suffered by the four-time All-Star. The injury caused the massively talented shortstop to play in only 91 games in 2014. When he did play, “Tulo” was arguably one of the top two players in all of Major League Baseball. He played Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop, and had a batting average of .340, an on base percentage of .432, a slugging percentage of .603, hit 21 home runs and had 52 RBI – all while playing in only 56% of the Rockies’ games in 2014. For the first time in his professional career, Tulo started to show unrest and a readiness to leave Colorado around the trade deadline in 2014.
Coincidentally, sources around the league have said the Rockies are now willing to listen to trade offers for the two-time Gold Glover. While the Rockies may be willing to listen to trade proposals, it will likely take an overwhelming offer for them to seriously consider moving their star shortstop, but Tulo’s contract (six years, $114 million remaining) and injury history may detract potential interest around the league. Here is a look at five potential landing spots for Troy Tulowitzki if the Rockies pull the trigger and trade the face of their franchise.
New York Mets
The Mets and Rockies actually had discussions regarding Tulowitzki this past July as the annual trade deadline approached. The Mets have a huge hole at shortstop and the pitching prospects – most notably Noah Syndergaard – to make the Rockies the type of offer they are looking for. The Mets have tightened up their payroll in recent years, but Tulo might be the type of player that could get them to change their model.
The Mariners made a drastic turnaround in 2014, and the addition of a player of Tulowitzki’s caliber could be enough to push them into the playoffs. Seattle has a question mark at the shortstop position, and has the type of pitching prospects the Rockies will be looking for in a trade. The Mariners spent big money on Robinson Cano in free agency last offseason, and appear to be willing to take on another hefty contract this offseason. If Seattle were to land Tulo, it would give them the best middle infield in Major League Baseball.
New York Yankees
Tulowitzki has been linked to the Yankees for seemingly his entire career. New York has a glaring hole at shortstop, and Tulo has done his best to play the shortstop position in the mold of his idol, Derek Jeter, and even wears his No. 2 jersey as a tribute to the recently retired Yankees icon. It’s hard to imagine another place Tulo would rather be than replacing his idol, but the Yankees may not have the prospects necessary to get a deal done for the Rockies star. However, make no mistake, if the Yankees seriously want Tulo to be Derek Jeter’s replacement, they will find a way to get a deal done.
St. Louis Cardinals
It’s no secret that the Cardinals have been interested in Tulowitzki for several seasons. St. Louis has a decent amount of pitching talent in their system that they could offer the Rockies in return for Tulo, but they may not have the big name power pitching prospect that the Rockies are rumored to be looking for. If the Cardinals could land Tulowitzki, he would be an instant upgrade over the Cardinals’ incumbent, Jhonny Peralta.
Boston Red Sox
It seems like every time a big name player hits the trade or free agent market, the Red Sox are involved. Boston already has a big-time shortstop prospect in place in Xander Bogaerts, but would undoubtedly be interested in a player of Tulo’s caliber for the right price. The Red Sox have the type of pitching that the Rockies would be seeking, but may feel comfortable with Bogaerts going forward.