With general manager meetings getting underway on Monday, Nov. 11, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to be one of the top players discussed in trade talks.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the 29-year-old All-Star is already reportedly getting attention from the defending NL champs:
Sources: Cardinals plan to start push for Troy Tulowitzki this week. Also interested in Rangers SS: http://t.co/wiht8tqpV5— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2013
The St. Louis Cardinals, who got a .217/.275/.273 year out of Pete Kozma, have a major offensive gap at shortstop. If it's a question of the star shortstop waiving his no-trade clause, Passan notes there is a belief he would do so for a winning squad:
Tulowitzki has a no-trade clause. Unclear if he'd waive for Cardinals. General sense is he wants to go to a winner. http://t.co/wiht8tqpV5— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2013
The Rockies have made the playoffs just twice during Tulowitzki's eight-year MLB career, and they have finished fifth in the NL West the last two seasons. St. Louis, meanwhile, has five postseason appearances and two World Series titles over that same span.
If Tulo is indeed on board, the Cardinals certainly have the pieces to make it worth Colorado's while, according to Passan:
In informal Tulo discussions, Matt Adams' name has come up. Adams and Shelby Miller could be a solid start in three- or four-player return.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2013
Matt Adams, 25, hit .284/.335/.503 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 108 games this season, while 23-year-old Shelby Miller is a Rookie of the Year finalist after compiling a 3.06 ERA and striking out 169 in 173.1 innings.
As Passan states, Michael Wacha is off-limits, but "St. Louis has stockpiled the sort of talent to pull off a 3- or 4-for-1 deal." That sounds appropriate, because it will take an overwhelming package to get Tulowitzki out of Colorado.
Fox Sports insider Jon Morosi provides news that Tulo is probably not going anywhere:
Rockies senior VP Bill Geivett on Troy Tulowitzki: "He's not going anywhere." Suggested Carlos Gonzalez will stay too.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2013
Not only has he been one of the most productive offensives shortstops in the league over the past seven seasons, but he has provided Gold Glove-caliber defense as well.
There are always concerns about his injury history—he's only played over 150 games twice—but when he's healthy, Tulo is undoubtedly one of the best players in the league.
After signing a 10-year extension in 2010, he currently has seven years and $134 million left on his contract, along with a club option for $15 million in 2021.
While it would be surprising if anything happened in the near future, this is something to pay close attention to. Any deal involving Tulowitzki has the potential to completely change the landscape of the league.