Troy Tulowitzki is not the best option for the Mets right now

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Hot Stove
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By Steven Inmanimages2

There have been various reports by media outlets the last few days saying that the Mets should make or attempt to make a trade for Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki, 28, is probably the best shortstop in the game when healthy possessing light tower power and the best throwing arm you’re going to see from an infielder. His throwing arm is so good and more than makes up for a lack of speed. WAR has Troy as a near Six win player which is unbelievable considering he missed over 30 games.

So why would the Rockies trade a franchise guy like that? Well for starters he is making a lot of money, Tulowitzki is owed at least $134 million over the next seven seasons (thru 2020). John Harper of the Daily News believes the Rockies will seriously consider trading their star shortstop this winter. “The Rockies aren’t desperate to get rid of the contract, but baseball people familiar with their thinking say Colorado believes getting a package for Tulowitzki while reinvesting some of the money it would save could speed up a necessary rebuilding process.”

Tulo hasn’t had a full season playing more than 145 games since 2009. He misses some serious time with a broken rib this season and you have to wonder if his numbers are slightly inflated playing in the hitter friendly Coors Field in the high altitude in Denver. Tulowitzki is hitting .344 at home and .281 on the road this season. The reason why trading for Tulo isn’t in the Mets best interest is because of the money still on his contract along with the significant haul of prospects it will take to pry him out of Colorado.

Tulo is about as steady with the glove as any shortstop in the game

Tulo is about as steady with the glove as any shortstop in the game

Any deal will likely take Noah Syndergaard, the Mets #1 prospect. The Rockies are desperate for pitching and free agent starters have been more than unwilling to go play in the high altitude in the past. Harper in his article claims that the Rockies would be looking for position players back in any deal for Tulowitzki which I find rather strange. If that is the case, the Mets don’t seem to match up well with the Rockies. The Mets have two hitting prospects that are major league ready and that’s Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores. The Rockies have two pretty good young players at third and at catcher in Wilin Rosario and future gold glove winner Nolan Arenado. The mets don’t seem like a great fit if the Rockies truly want position players. The Mets farm system is improving but certainly isn’t in a position to unload three or four guys in one trade which is what this potential trade reacquires.

I believe a free agent stop gap like Stephen Drew or Johnny Peralta would be a better fit for the Mets this off season than Tulo. They will cost more than $100 million less and won’t cost anything in terms of prospects. I don’t think the Mets are much of a match for Tulowitzki but it is certainly something to keep an eye on.

  1. Suds says:

    Hey Steve, it’s John. Stephen Drew sounds like an OK fit, but I’d rather just play tejada then. How about Reyes??

    • Steven Inman says:

      John it’s great to hear from you and thanks for the comment. I like Drew, he’s two years away now from a serious broken leg that he rushed back from so he could be ready to show how good he used to be again. He won’t cost all that much either.

      I think tejada has run out of chances to show that he can be an everyday guy. Even last year when he was playing well he was still a below average shortstop offensively and his defense has definitely regressed the last few years. Could have something to do with his recent weight gain.

      Unfortunately i don’t think Reyes will be the mets Shortstop either. For one, I think the Blue Jays will keep him and give it another try next year. Plus Reyes has 4 years and $64 million left on his deal. If Sandy Alderson didn’t want to pay Reyes in the first place, he isn’t going to take on that contract and give the blue Jays prospects too. Reyes is now 30 and he isn’t running like he used to. He has 375 at bats this year with just 15 steals and doesn’t have a triple.
      The Mets will have a new shortstop next year and I don’t think it will be tulo or Reyes but we will see. Again thanks so much for the comment

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