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The Colorado Rockies have two massive trade chips in Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
In a shocking twist, a big-market team about to extend its playoff drought to eight seasons is interested in chasing two star hitters to improve its middling offense.
As reported by the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the New York Mets have told the Colorado Rockies to keep them in mind should they decide to shop Troy Tulowitzki and/or Carlos Gonzalez.
As a symbol of where they are in their rebuilding effort and the growing strength of their farm system, Mets officials have told their Rockies counterparts if Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez are ever made available, they want in on the action.
Rockies ownership has strongly stated it does not want to deal CarGo and, especially, Tulowitzki. But the extended run of poor play by the franchise, the growing contracts of the two players and the teeming disenchantment of the fan base has moved many within the industry to believe that decision could change, if not now, then this offseason.
This move is a long shot at any time, but don’t hold your breath on anything materializing this week. Tulowitzki has once again found himself on the disabled list, this time with a left hip flexor strain that forced him to visit surgeon William C. Meyers over the weekend.
The Mets also aren’t gearing up for a playoff push of any kind, although they’re rightfully reticent about surrendering any major pieces with 2015 in mind. At the least, this rumor highlights their intent to transition out of their long-lasting rebuilding phase.
Should Colorado decide to exchange one of its star position players to bolster the pitching staff, which has allowed the most runs this season, the Mets would make for a solid trading partner. Either would likely command Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard to start the conversation, but the Amazins can also entice them with Jonathon Niese, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz and perhaps even rookie sensation Jacob deGrom.
Sherman said the Rockies "think highly" of their prospects, most notably Syndergaard, Matz, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and second baseman Dilson Herrera. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan noted that the Mets are willing to part with Syndergaard in a package for Tulowitzki,
Before he got hurt, the star shortstop accumulated a .340/.432/.603 slash line with 21 homers and a 5.1 fWAR. The game's premier shortstop will command a massive return, even though he turns 30 in October and hasn't played at least 150 games in a season since 2009.
Gonzalez has labored through a down year, batting .248/.298/.444 with a 0.1 fWAR. He's hitting a dreadful .175 on the road, which presents another major concern anyone should have about acquiring a Colorado slugger.
The outfielder sports a career .758 OPS on the road compared to a .986 OPS at the hitter-friendly Coors Field.