The Rockies will entertain trading Carlos Gonzalez and possibly Troy Tulowitzki this winter, reports John Harper of the Daily News.
Harper says the Rockies could be interested in a package based around position player prospects and not pitching prospects due to the problems with the high altitude in Denver.
With that said, a source told Harper Colorado has little interest in the Mets’ current crop of position player prospects.
Harper opines the Mets could get a third team involved in trade talks to help leverage a deal with the Rockies.
However, if Matt Harvey is unavailable in 2014, Harper says the Mets will not be as comfortable dealing young pitching to acquire offense anyway, even though Sandy Alderson would like to acquire Gonzalez, “at some point.”
Michael Baron, ContributorThere’s no question Gonzalez is an ideal fit for the Mets. He’s a young, power-hitting outfielder who is a solid defender and knows how to handle large expanses. He would give the Mets instant credibility and completely transform the lineup as a middle-of-the-order threat. The same can be said about Tulowitski, as it’s likely the Mets will be shopping for an upgrade at shortstop.
Here’s the key problem: the Mets don’t have any notable position player prospects at this point in time. So, if this is what the Rockies are looking for, a deal would be difficult for the Mets to orchestrate even if they find a third team for this solution.
Unfortunately, the injury to Harvey puts the Mets in a real bind, whether he has surgery or not. Even if he opts to rehab and avoid surgery, his elbow could ultimately be a ticking time bomb, which could render him unavailable at any time for a year. With that said. it would be difficult for the Mets to trade any of their arms to acquire the bats they seek this winter. The problem is, that’s what they have to barter with, and the Mets must get better everyday players.
This firms my belief the Mets will eventually be buying the bulk of their offense this winter in the form of mid-tier free agents. Sure, there could be some deals, but this situation with Harvey makes this winter difficult for the front office to navigate.
Statistics and information on Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitski...
In 109 games this season, Gonzalez, 27, has hit .302 with a .367 OBP and a league-leading .591 SLG, 26 home runs and 70 RBI in 436 plate appearances this season. He has missed time with a thumb injury this season.
Gonzalez is finishing the third year of a seven year, $80 million contract he signed before the 2011 season. He will earn $10.5 million in 2014, $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016, and $20 million in 2017.
Tulowitski, 28, is hitting .313 with a .386 OBP and .539 SLG, 22 home runs and 73 RBI in 114 games this season.
Tulowitski is finishing the third year of a ten year, $157.75 million deal he signed with Colorado after the 2010 season. He will earn $10 million this season, $16 million in 2014, $20 million in each of the 2015- 2019 seasons, and $14 million in 2020. The Rockies have a $15 million option on Tulowitski with a $4 million buyout for the 2021 season.
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