“Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is done for the season and OF Carlos Gonzalez is likely done, too, after playing in just 70 games,” writes local reporter Patrick Saunders (Denver Post, Aug. 14).
In early July, the Mets reached reached out to the Rockies about Tulowitzki and Gonzalez, which lead the Rockies to begin scouting Sandy Alderson’s top prospects, sources told reporter Andy Martino (Daily News, Aug. 7).
Gonzalez, 28, has suffered from left knee tendinitis since last season. According to local reports, the Rockies are exploring a number of treatment options, from surgery to plasma-rich platelets and stem-cell therapy.
Tulowitzki, 29, will soon undergo season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his left hip labrum.
In any deal involving their two best players, the Rockies had been looking to acquire the best young, power pitching possible and felt they match up best with the Mets and Cardinals (Cerrone, July 29). However, Colorado would prefer to not pay any of either Tulowitzki’s ($129 million) or Gonzalez’s ($53 million) remaining contract in a trade, making Gonzalez the more reasonable target, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said on radio (WFAN, July 29).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It was looking like Gonzalez was Alderson’s best shot at trading for a bat, mostly because the Mets are in need of an outfielder and have the necessary prospects and room in the budget to make a deal happen with the Rockies. But, this news about CarGo’s knee is beyond alarming.
If not Gonzalez, I really don’t know that any proven bat can be had in a trade. I mean, teams will say guys are available, but the asking prices are crazy. The Cubs and D-Backs are in big-time power positions when negotiating trades for their top young hitters, mostly because they all make very little money and every team will be interested. The same will essentially be said about Giancarlo Stanton, assuming Miami ever really makes him available.
The point is, I have no idea how Alderson is going to trade for a bat, which makes a guy like Cuban OF Yasmani Tomas, who will be a free agent this winter, all the more intriguing…