Last week in the Daily News, John Harper said the Rockies will listen to offers for SS Troy Tulowizki and OF Carlos Gonzalez in an effort to speed up their rebuilding process, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking.
However, yesterday, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said his team does not intend to trade either.
“My plan is to always keep them, I love those guys,” Monfort said. “Is that the smartest thing in the world to do? I don’t know. But for our fans I think it’s the best thing to do.”
He later said he intends to spend significantly more money this winter, increasing payroll to $90 million or so, while trying to add a starting pitcher and big bat to a team that has had three straight losing seasons.
The 28-year-old Tulowitzki has seven years and $134 million left on his contract. Gonzalez, 27, is signed through 2017 and is owed $63.5 million for the remainder of his contract.
According to Harper, team sources say the Rockies could look to move Tulo in an effort to add money to their budget and major-league ready minor league talent.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Plans change every day. I’m not buying definitive statements from any owner or GM this time of year. Instead, what I’m hearing in Monfort’s statement is: if you want Tulowitzki, it’s going to cost a significant player (or players), someone that can easily be sold to Rockies fans as making them better. So, this idea of trading Travis d’Arnaud, Dillon Gee and Rafael Montero, as Harper suggested, is probably comical to Colorado. Instead, today, they’re probably thinking more along the lines of Zack Wheeler, which is going to be a non-starter for Sandy Alderson.
The point is, it’s early. These teams all see the Pirates, Rays, Indians and A’s, they see what they’re spending and they think, ‘Why can’t we do that?’ The Rockies want to be better next year than they are today. So do the Mets. So does everyone else. No team is going to take a second-rate deal for their best player, especially if other teams are interested.