Updates from Wednesday, July 30
The Rockies and Mets haven't gotten off the ground on talk about Colorado superstars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, so any chance to do a deal will likely have to wait for the winter.
"Unless we do speed dating, I think that's safe to say [that any deal will wait until winter]," one person involved in the limited talks said.
As the 2014 MLB trade deadline nears, various teams have to decide whether to become buyers or sellers before July 31. For the Colorado Rockies, there's been chatter involving star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
There have been rumors and speculation surrounding Gonzalez, but the team’s owner, Charlie Monfort, reportedly will not move the two-time All-Star before the trade deadline.
According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Monfort and the organization will be hesitant to deal a top star like Gonzalez due to the financial implications on the franchise:
While there’s been speculation that the Rockies could do something dramatic and deal Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki, one major league source indicated that “[owner Charlie] Monfort centers everything around Tulo and Cargo.” The feeling is Monfort would be hesitant to let his two stars go because of ramifications concerning ticket sales and TV ratings. “Those are legitimate concerns in that market,” said the source. “Cargo isn’t having a Cargo year. The Rockies have some other outfield pieces, but when Cargo is right there aren’t too many more exciting players in the game.”
Despite playing in only 55 games during the first half of the season as he recovered from hand surgery, it is clear from the report that Colorado wants Gonzalez to be a long-term part of the Rockies' future as they continue to rebuild.
Gonzalez missed just over a month while recovering from a medical procedure to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger. At just 28 years old and still progressing as a player, Colorado would be smart to build the team around Gonzalez and franchise shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
After his time on the disabled list, Gonzalez returned and showcased his defensive prowess, via MLBGifs:
Carlos Gonzalez - We've. Missed. You. http://t.co/8IaaZxSYkH— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 12, 2014
CarGo was struggling before his injury, only racking up a .258 batting average, eight home runs, 32 RBI and a .307 on-base percentage, but the hope is that the surgery will help Gonzalez regain his elite form of 2010, when he hit .336 and added 34 homers, 117 RBI and 26 stolen bases.
The key for the Rockies and their future with Gonzalez will be attacking the free-agent market with a bit more ferocity.
Should the Colorado Rockies trade Carlos Gonzalez?
Tulo and Cargo are ideal building blocks, but with a pitching staff in need of depth at starter and in the bullpen, not to mention some offensive consistency at several positions in the lineup, Colorado must do what it takes to build a winner before its top stars walk via free agency.
Gonzalez is locked up for the next three seasons, but with the team owing him $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017, the Rockies' front office must surround him with a promising cast of talent.
Otherwise, Colorado will continue to struggle and will risk losing Gonzalez.
*Stats via MLB.com.