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Should the Colorado Rockies decide to part ways with either shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the New York Mets are very interested in both of the star players. The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported that the Mets have let the Rockies know that they are interested in the players.
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. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, unless the two sides engage in "speed dating," there is not enough time to get a deal done before the trade deadline.
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Update: July 28 at 11:35 p.m. ET
The 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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Up to this point, the Rockies have not been willing to trade either Tulowitzki or Gonzalez. Both players are among the best at their position and lead the team's offense.
Tulowitzki, when healthy, is the best shortstop in the league. He leads the league with a .340 average, .432 on-base percentage, .603 slugging percentage and a 1.035 OPS. He also has 21 home runs and 18 doubles this season.
However, staying on the field has been an issue. He has played in more than 126 games only three times since debuting in 2006. He had stayed healthy this year until recently, when a leg injury forced him to the disabled list.
Back in 2010, the shortstop signed a seven-year extension through 2020. Tulowitzki is still owed $126 million through the rest of his contract.
Gonzalez has been just as injury-prone as Tulowitzki. He has averaged only 121 games during his first five seasons in Colorado and has played in only 62 games this season.
This year, he has 10 home runs and 14 doubles. Those numbers aren't bad, but his average has taken a big hit. He is a career .295 hitter but is only at .248 this season. When healthy, he is good for 25 home runs and a .300 average.
Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season, and he is due $53 million over the next three seasons.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez won't come cheap, even with their injury histories. However, the Mets appear to be interested in both players.