The Rockies acquired RHP David Hale from the Braves, meaning they’re most likely out of the market for Dillon Gee (Denver Post, Jan. 30).
Sandy Alderson has reportedly been looking to deal a starting pitcher to re-open a spot in the five-man rotation for Matt Harvey. However, it was reported earlier this week that they are still not close to any sort of deal for Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon (DiComo, Jan. 28).
Matthew Cerrone: I have no idea what’s going to happen to Gee, I really don’t. It was 10 days ago that I heard the Rockies and Giants were most likely to try and acquire him. However, since then, the Rockies traded for Hale and the Giants signed Ryan Vogelsong, so it would seem they’re out. The Royals, Twins, Rangers and Mariners all had interest at some point, but viewed Gee as a fall-back option and have since either moved on or stopped their search for pitching. So, maybe that leaves the Padres, and possibly the Astros, but – at this point – that’s really just an educated guess on my part.
In order to find a trade for Gee, free-agent RHP James Shields may need to first sign a new deal and be off the market (Sherman, Jan. 13). However, according to reporter Jayson Stark, the market for Shields has stalled as more teams are shifting in to bottom-feeding mode (ESPN, Jan. 21).
“Troy Tulowitzki is staying put,” a Rockies source told CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman (Twitter, Jan. 30).
However, according to Heyman, it’s still possible the team explores a trade for Tulowitzki at some point later in 2015.
January 15, 2015, 4:35 pm
In early January, the Rockies decided not to trade Tulowitzki until he shows he is fully recovered from hip surgery, people close to the team told MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone (MetsBlog, Jan. 7).
In limited talks with three to five teams this offseason, which included the Mets, no team was willing to give up the talent Colorado wanted without a) first seeing Tulowitzki in action and b) having the Rockies pay at least a quarter of the $118 million left on his contract, according to Cerrone. Instead, the Rockies determined it would make more sense to start 2015 with their most popular player and revisit his trade market after the season begins.
Last week at the MLB owners meetings, Rockies co-owner, Charlie Monfort, definitively said Tulowitzki will not be traded to the Mets this off season (NY Post, Jan. 15).
According to sources, the Mets and Rockies discussed Tulowitzki at the Winter Meetings, but the two sides never came close to a deal (Puma, Jan. 7). The Rockies repeatedly expressed interest in acquiring both Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler (Heyman, Dec. 19), while the Mets were apprehensive about taking on so much risk.
Tulowitzki had major surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, which comes after missing roughly a third of Colorado’s games the previous three seasons.
Sandy Alderson is the 12th-best GM in baseball history, according to Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt, authors of the new book, In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball (Pursuit of Pennants, Jan. 29).
“He was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making, and he was the first young executive of the modern era hired to run a major league team’s baseball operations without coming from a baseball background,” Armour and Levitt explain.
This past October, the Mets picked up Alderson’s 2015 option and signed him to a two-year extension.
“I understand not everything has gone as we would have hoped,” Alderson said when announcing the new deal. “I don’t think we’re that far away, I don’t think we have to take a giant leap to become a playoff competitive team.”
Mets position prospects Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo are all on the verge of being major-league ready players, Paul DePodesta told reporter Mike Vorkonuv (NJAM, Jan. 30).
“This isn’t a situation where all of our good guys are in A-ball and we have to wait three of four years before they’re ready,” he said. “We’ve waited the three or four years and now we’re at the point where these guys, fortunately, have continued to perform and have maintained or improved their prospect status and now they’re very close. They’re very close. That isn’t to say they won’t still have growing pains, either at Triple-A or the major league level, because that happens for most young players. But, they’re certainly right on the cusp of potentially being in New York.”
Matthew Cerrone: The thing about all of these hyped-up prospects is that, at some point, Sandy Alderson is going to have to make a trade. What other choice will he have? In talking to people around baseball, I believe any combination of the above names, plus a top pitching prospect or two, is worth getting back a meaningful big-league player. That said, if he wants to let these upper-level prospects mature a bit more, while getting a better read on, say, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, etc., I understand. How long can that last? Eventually, he’s going to have a log jam and something will have to give, especially if the team is as close to making a run at the playoffs as he thinks they are…