The Rockies recently sent a sizable contingent to watch Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard (NY Post, July 31).
There had been seen several reports in July indicating Colorado’s willingness to trade SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez, which was followed by speculation the Mets and other teams were interested.
However, while the Mets and Rockies had low-level talks earlier in the month (Cerrone, July 29), they did not talk much in the days before this Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, meaning and any deal for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez will likely need to wait for this offseason, reporter Jon Heyman said early in the week (CBS Sports, July 30).
The Rockies are looking to acquire the best young, power pitching possible and feel 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, Heyman later said on radio (WFAN, July 29).
Following Thursday’s deadline, Sandy Alderson would not comment on specific players that he discussed. However, he did acknowledge talking with teams about ‘significant players,’ though nothing came to fruition.
“In order to potentially improve the club in some significant way as opposed to some incremental way, we would have had to been prepared to deal some of our young pitching and at this particular stage we’re not prepared to do that,” he said. “If we’re going to trade some of our young prospects, we’re probably better off doing that in the offseason.”