Latest on trade rumors about Mets, Rockies, Tulo & CarGo

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In the last few days, I’ve seen several reports indicating interest and a potential fit between the Mets and Rockies for either SS Troy Tulowitzki or OF Carlos Gonzalez.

So far today, David Lennon (Newsday), Joel Sherman (New York Post) and Andy Martino (Daily News), among others (MLB Trade Rumors), have already chimed in.

Here’s what I have learned talking with team insiders and friends in Colorado and Citi Field, as well as reporters and fans, all involved or following the story over the last week…

Is there a match?

The buzz in baseball this week says the Mets and Cardinals best fit Colorado’s needs.

The Mets may prefer Tulowitzki, but I’m hearing Gonzalez is a far more likely target – not just because of the money, but because of how a deal could shake out…


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In a deal for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez, the Mets will be expected to give up some combination of Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, etc. Remember, the Rockies are not looking to start a long-term rebuilding process. Instead, they’d like to get players back who can help them win now, while freeing up money to help them reload for next season.

It will cost more to get Tulowitzki than Gonzalez, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said today (WFAN, July 29), which is probably why a deal for Gonzalez is seemingly more likely for the Mets than Tulowitzki right now.

Is a deal possible?

Tulowitzki is due about $129 million over the next seven seasons, while Gonzalez will earn $53 million the next three years. The Rockies want the best affordable, now-talent they can get, while also freeing up the most money. So, to get, say, Wheeler and d’Arnaud, and one or two top prospects, the Mets would probably want Colorado to pay a portion of Tulowitzki’s or Gonzalez’s contract.


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Naturally, the Mets would prefer to keep their guys. Nevertheless, the Mets can afford the contract and they have plenty of players that interest Colorado. Also, Gonzalez has less money due to him and will likely cost less talent in return. The thing is, I just don’t know that they’ll see eye-to-eye on who is worth what and when. We’ll see.

How will things play out?

I suspect the Rockies know Sandy Alderson’s position and, instead of Sandy making pitches, Colorado is running numbers, scouting reports and weighing deals with other teams. If something were to happen in the next 48 hours, which I doubt it will, I’d say the Mets are only capable of acquiring Gonzalez, who the Rockies seem open to moving at any time for the right deal. Tulowitzki is significantly more complicated than that.

For starters, Tulowitzki can essentially dictate where he wants to go, lots of teams will be interested, he’s adored by Colorado fans and – if the Rockies change front offices – that’s only going to further complicate trading the face of their franchise. This is a big deal for that franchise, a far bigger deal than Gonzalez, and I just can’t see them rushing through it with a Thursday deadline.

In short, based on what I’m hearing, I’d put a Tulowitzki-to-the-Mets outcome at 1 percent, and a CarGo-to-the-Mets outcome at around 25 percent…




842 comments
Metsfan62
Metsfan62

Would not do this deal Tulo damaged goods. Cargo only if they were giving him away.  I want younger  players .

tw22
tw22

It's tulo or no deal at all cargo is a waste.

Bill Dappio
Bill Dappio

Neither. They both get hurt too often. Take a chance with some of the youngsters we have. Low risk, high reward is what we need, not an overpriced injury prone player.

Andrew 'Fever' Choe
Andrew 'Fever' Choe

Don't give up an arm and leg. Never hurt to have a lot of top prospects

John Elliott
John Elliott

No! Stay the course with all the young talent. I don't want the Mets to look like the Phillies in a few years!!!!

Tom Van Houten
Tom Van Houten

Stanton and Tulo would cost a king's ransom. CarGo is much more affordable. Both in salary and players.

Edwin Jesus Gonzalez
Edwin Jesus Gonzalez

You crazy they both will fit per, big hitting ss great defense for someone who like 6'6 .. . Cargo come on how can you got wrong every season player . People get injured amd come back no problem tulo will show up and cargo D will be just what we needed consistently bats

Brian G. O'Rourke
Brian G. O'Rourke

I want a player who can stay healthy and be able to at least hit a freaking sac fly with a runner on third. We don't need another big name who spends half the season on the D/L.

Brian Cassia
Brian Cassia

Stop screwin around and just spend the extra money on Tulowitzki...

Herbert Greenebaum
Herbert Greenebaum

CarGo, because he's a more realistic target. Tulo is hurt far too often.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

This Tulowitzki, and Gonzalez talk feels like the Drew talk this spring, it was clear that the Mets weren't going to get Drew, but there had to be at least one story about him on this blog everyday

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

The Mets aren't getting Tulowitzki nor Gonzalez this week, so can we just save this talk until next December.

We should be talk about what the Mets can do to improve their team for the rest of this year. I guess then we'd have nothing to talk about at all.

Joe Serignese
Joe Serignese

keep playing the kids let them grow no trades

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

Tulo would be the new face of the Mets as Wright goes by the wayside if a trade occurred .  Wright is not the same player.  But I hope Tulo becomes a Met then acquire a corner outfielder with consistent power.  Two players please that will make us very competitive.

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I think we should trade for tulo. If we trade for Tulo we should trade Bartolo colon, Rafael montero, and Dilson Herrera.

Matthew Noce
Matthew Noce

Clearly rather have cargo it's just we need a SS so much more than we need an OF

Dylan Parisi
Dylan Parisi

Don't need Cargo, the mets have plenty of young outfielders. Tulo would fill a hole that has been there since Reyes left.

Malik Turner
Malik Turner

The Mets should try & acquire them both.

Jonathan Newman
Jonathan Newman

Make no trades. Mets can afford not to make the playoffs. See ya next year for the wildcard.

Daniel Batista
Daniel Batista

I'd much rather see the Mets sign Asdrubal Cabrera and Yasmani Tomas in the off season. As for the upcoming trade deadline, a low level move would be fine...........say acquire Josh Willingham for T.J Rivera and Alfredo Tovar. Two mid-level prospects that would never see Citi Field anyway.

semperfi
semperfi

Cargo has hit .125 at Citi where as Tulo has hit .450 with 5hrs in 25 ABs, Tulo is a real leader and can carry a team and putting up MVP numbers right now plus he plays SS, having said all that, I would not want to loose Wheeler or Snydergaard, Niese, Gee, Montero with some other prospects, Colorado needs 3-4 SPs to compete, they got plenty of hitting with or without Tulo but can't win w/o SPs, Niese, Gee and Montero would give them 3 upgrades right now, throw in Hefner and they could potentially have 4 solid SPs for trading 1 player plus they would be saving $, win/win for both clubs. Next year we would have Harvey, Wheeler, degrom, Snydergaard and give Lefty Matz a shot to win the 5th spot out of spring training, that staff can win a lot of game if you score runs and Tulo in the middle of your lineup will surely help.

Mike Mercado
Mike Mercado

Tulo. No offense to cargo, but they need a SS to solidly their defense

Ty Masone
Ty Masone

Rockies are going to have to retain some salary XD

Christopher Patrick
Christopher Patrick

Tulo, there is a greater scarcity of shortstops that can produce like Tulo.

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

Stanton the only one worth a ransom !

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Why would you want to make no trades