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Troy Tulowitzki has given his all to the Colorado Rockies organization since being drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, but given recent comments, it sounds like he may be interested a change of scenery. However, ownership reportedly has no plans to trade the face of its franchise.
Update: July 30 at 11 a.m. ET
It doesn't look like Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki will be playing for the Mets this season. Unless the two sides engage in "speed dating," there does not appear to be enough time for the two clubs to work out a deal involving one of the two stars, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
Heyman also reported that a Mets source said that Tulowitzki would prefer to be a Yankee, so any talks in the offseason between the two teams would likely be focused on Gonzalez.
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Update: July 28 at 11:35 p.m. ET
The New York Mets are interested enough in Troy Tulowitzki that they are ready to offer the Rockies top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. Colorado would definitely be looking for pitching help in any trade involving Tulowitzki, and it appears that the Mets would be willing to offer up a big piece.
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Update: July 25 at 12 a.m. ET
The New York Mets are interested in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, according to The New York Post's Joel Sherman. It's not clear how interested the Rockies would be in moving either of their stars, but the Mets have let the team know that they are interested in the players should they become available.
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The shortstop has won two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers and made four All-Star teams while playing for the Rockies. Hitting at Coors Field is certainly going to help his offensive numbers, but at some point, most players would rather win than put up gaudy numbers.
Here's what Tulowitzki told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla about the possibility of leaving Colorado:
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.
Of course, Tulowitzki helped the Rockies get to the World Series in his rookie season back in 2007. However, the 2009 season was the only other time he has made it to the postseason in his career.
It was just back in 2010 that the shortstop signed a seven-year extension through 2020. Tulowitzki is still owed $126 million through the rest of his contract. When he is healthy, any team would love to have him. However, staying healthy is an issue. He has played in more than 140 games only three times through the first seven full seasons of his career.
Even if Tulowitzki would be open to a trade, ownership doesn't have to trade its best player. As of now, it doesn't seem likely that the Rockies will trade Tulowitzki any time soon. Rockies owner Dick Monfort addressed Tulowitzki's situation during an interview with the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders:
Where is all of this talk? I have read some stuff, but I haven't heard anything about him wanting to leave or us wanting to get rid of him. I don't have any plans of doing any of that.
[When asked about Tulowitzki potentially asking for a trade] Why don't we wait until he does do that?
This season hasn't gone the way the Rockies had hoped, and now, they have to deal with trade rumors surrounding the face of their franchise.