In the latest Troy Tulowitzki rumors, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says that the Mets have reached out to Colorado and are prepared to offer top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in a deal for the All Star shortstop.
Of course they’d likely have to include Plawecki and probably Nimmo too, but there ya go…
Passan speculates that the Rockies front office would move him if that’s what Tulo wants. He angered some in the front office when he spent Sunday at Yankee Stadium to watch his favorite player Derek Jeter.
The plot thickens…
Team insiders told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the Mets are not engaged in any substantive trade talks at present. However that does not mean something won’t materialize in the coming days and before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
A Mets source also “severely tempered” the recent buzz that the team inquired about Colorado superstars Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez. The team exec said the Mets worked hard over a few years to build up their young pitching and are “unlikely to part with multiple high-level pitching prospects in one deal” for a big-ticket item.
It was interesting to hear SNY’s Jim Duquette give his opinion on what it would take for the Mets to land Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez from the Rockies.
The former Mets GM said the cost for acquiring either player would be significant and speculated that any deal would begin with Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Dominic Smith. Plus depending on if ot’s Tulo or CarGo at least one other player. Wow… That’s pretty steep…
Tulowitzki, 30, is owed $114 million through 2020 with a $15 million team option for 2021.
Gonzalez, 29, is owed $53 million through 2017 after which he becomes a free agent.
When word reached David Wright about the Tulo/CarGo rumor, it left the Mets captain wondering how that would even be possible. ”What are you willing to give to obtain that? And that is kind of an open-ended question.”
Despite embracing the opportunity to pay with someone like Tulowitzki who he’s befriended, Wright also downplayed the possibility of such a deal transpiring.
“Sandy Alderson has got a tough job because, yeah, I’m sure we’re interested, but I’m sure there’s 29 other teams that are interested, also. “What are you willing to give, because the Rockies are not going to be giving these guys away.”
“You’re talking about two of the better players in the game,” Wright said. “Ruben Tejada is starting to swing the bat better, so it’s no knock on any shortstop. It’s just that Tulowitzki hits like a corner infielder or corner outfielder and plays tremendous defense.”