Two updates to the growing buzz on Tulo and CarGo…
First, contrary to what has been reported, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki does not have a no-trade clause in his contract according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Second, the Rockies are said to be very high on Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz and Dilson Herrera.
Joel Sherman says that if the Mets are willing to part with some combination of those prospects, “they will will be factors for CarGo, Tulowitzki or any other star that comes onto the market.”
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would like to be involved with trade discussions if and when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez become available.
Sherman says that Rockies ownership has strongly stated it does not want to deal CarGo and, especially, Tulowitzki. But the extended run of poor play by the franchise, the growing contracts of the two players and the teeming disenchantment of the fan base has moved many within the industry to believe that decision could change, if not now, then this offseason.
There’s no way that either will be moved this month, but if they do become available this Winter, the bidding will be fast and furious for either of these two difference-makers.
Tulowitzki, 30, has a no-trade clause, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met, Sherman adds. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.
The Cardinals — owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport — are also enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.
CarGo, 29, would certainly fill the void in left field, but as I wrote earlier, I don’t know if Sandy Alderson has the chops to trade for a top talent like this. And then there’s the issue of money. Money which I don’t believe this team has.
I’d love to see the Mets acting like a big market team again, but inquiries like this we’ve seen before. It’s the follow-through and execution that has been lacking.