Trading for Troy Tulowitzki would be huge Mistake for Mets

Posted: December 19, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman Spring 2013 014

More media reports have emerged that the Mets have had dialogue with the Colorado Rockies regarding superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo, 30, is a 4-time All-Star and is a career .299 hitter in nine major league seasons. When healthy, few position players are better than Tulowitzki but he just isn’t healthy enough to be worth the remaining $118 million over six years on his current contract, for the Mets plus give up a ton of prospects starting with top prospect Noah Syndergaard.

Tulo has played in 130 games in a season just three times in his nine year career. Last year he was limited to 91 games after having hip surgery. Many great baseball players have hip labral surgery and have had trouble coming back as the same caliber player. Tulowitzki’s status for Opening Day is already in question so why would the Mets, who have negative payroll flexibility (trying to trade salary) acquire such a big contract and give up top chips.

If Tulowitzki was a free agent today and the Mets signed him to a six-year $118 million contract, that would be difficult for this small budget club to handle and that is without trading prospects.

A deal for Tulowitzki is still highly unlikely even if the two clubs could match up on players. The Mets would want the Rockies to pick up much of Tulo’s salary.

While he doesn’t have an actual no-trade clause, Tulowitzki has such a tight relationship with Rockies owner Dick Monfort that he could potentially decline a deal to a destination he doesn’t want to go to. It is unknown if Tulowitzki would “accept” a deal to the Mets.

It appears as if the Rockies are more interested in trading Tulowitzki than the Mets are in acquiring Tulowitzki.

The Mets need to watch their money so they are able to sign lock up young pitchers such as Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and others soon. Acquiring a $20 million a year player like Tulowitzki would prevent the Mets from doing that, so you aren’t just trading prospects you are trading the futures of many on the rise stars like Wheeler.

The Mets have preached payroll flexibility since the day Sandy Alderson was hired. Acquiring Troy Tulowitzki would completely go against that.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I am 100% in agreement with on this – Mike

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