The MLB trade deadline is just over three weeks away and while it’s tough to say who is or isn’t on the block, or who are and aren’t sellers, we are getting some clarity on a few issues.
It’s hard to envision Troy Tulowitzki wearing anything other than a Colorado Rockies uniform, but the team’s recent slide that has them 13 games out of first place and on pace for 95 losses has drawn the ire of the All Star shortstop. In comments made to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, Tulo sounded like he wants out.
“In Todd Helton, there’s someone who’s easy to look at his career here and how it played out. I have the utmost respect for Todd, but at the same time, I don’t want to be the next in line as somebody who was here for a long time and didn’t have a chance to win every single year.”
“He played in a couple postseason games and went to one World Series. But that’s not me. I want to be somewhere where there’s a chance to be in the playoffs every single year.”
Tulowitzki is signed through 2020 and owed about $115 million. Doesn’t sound like he’s as convinced in the Rockies’ plan as David Wright is in the Mets’ plan.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are poised to make a big move in search of another starting pitcher, but have let it be known that they will not part with any of their outfielders to get a deal done. The Dodgers are concerned with injuries and won’t use an outfielder as a trade piece. Yasiel Puig is too consistent to let go and Matt Kemp appears to have turned his season around. They cannot afford to trade either of them while Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and top prospect Joc Pederson deal with injuries.
The Dodgers were hoping to get Crawford back into the lineup with the intentions of trading either him or Ethier, but he has suffered a setback and the team is shutting him down temporarily. The Dodgers are considered major players for David Price if he becomes available.
So much for all the Starlin Castro trade buzz. Yesterday, Cubs President Theo Epstein called agent Paul Kinzer to assure him Castro’s future is secure after acquiring highly rated shortstop prospect Addison Russell on Friday. He then told reporters that the 24-year old Castro is the centerpiece of the the future of the organization.
“You can never have too many shortstops,” Epstein said. “They end up all over the field.”
“We would have been very open to get quality pitching in a deal, but there was no pitcher available who was even close to the caliber of player Addison Russell is,” Epstein said.
“We’re realistic about the fact that not all prospects work out,” Epstein said, “and we’re open to the fact at some point in the next few years, we’re going to make trades.
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